"World's worst tennis pro" loses Telegraph libel case

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  • I disgree - he's holding his racket with an Eastern Forehand Grip (as used by Tim Henman) or possibly a Semi-Western Grip (as used by Marat Safin).

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  • Clearly from Mr. Dee's record I ( 40 year old and slightly rotund) can give him for a game and possibly lengthen his long wait for a win. I cant understand why all the other newspapers could not stand up to Mr. Dee. Kudos to the Telegraph!
    May be Mr. Dee can stop playing professionaly (has he ever ?) and teach my kids how to play ... or may be not ...

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  • I expect when he said "I'll see you in court" the Telegraph didn't feel too threatened!

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  • @John Walton:


    It is not a question of fact. All they have to prove is that it was fair comment. I still think Hull City are the worst team in the premier league based on their poor team spirit, lack of style and poor results. Pompey, though they rank last are the better because thoguh they've been beset by bad luck and haven't done great in the premiership, keep battling on.

    Therefore it is fair comment to call Hull, in my opinion, the worst team on the premiership.

    This is apart from the related defence that calling something the "world's worst" is obviously journalistic hyperbole and no reasoanble person would think it an objective statistical assesment.

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  • Read all about it: "David slays Giant Goddard"

    City heavyweight contender K O'd by little guy firm armed only with a quit wit and a healthy contempt for the notion that bigger is better...

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  • He argued that the pleaded meaning was defamatory. It wasn't. It was true. But lurking in the small print of the long judgment is a meaning, not pleaded that the judge said WAS defamatory, but not pleaded. Despite the formidible and formidibly expensive legal team, did they miss a trick?

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  • His official website (second listing after googling 'Robert Dee') entitles him as a 'Pofessional' Tennis Player, with the main site giving up an entire section for his 'hall of fame' of retractions and apologies.

    Says it all really!

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  • To those posters on page 1 describing the gentleman as the 'world's worst tennis player', it should be pointed out that the judgement only supports the view that he is the 'world's worst tennis professional'. He's clearly not the world's worst tennis player by a long chalk. Oh dear, is that the sound of libel writs being drawn up...

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  • This is another excellent example of why libel actions are so ill-advised. No one had heard of Robert Dee before; now we all know him definitively as "the world's worst professional tennis player".

    Reminds me of China Airlines' attempts to cover up the fact that one of their planes had caught fire at Okinawa airport by the simple expedient of painting over the "China Airlines" logo on the fuselage. Now everyone in Asia remembers it as "that China Airlines accident where they painted over their logo"...

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  • To rogerfedererswaterbottle -

    Something of an insult to turnips, wouldn't you say?

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