Chatting about tennis used to just be a fun hobby for Adam Addicott.
But now he’s turned his passion into a successful career after doing a sports journalism course.
Four years ago Adam, 28, set up a lively blog called Tennis Banter to write fun articles about the sport he loves and within weeks he was getting thousands of hits.
Since then he’s fired questions at superstars like Andy Murray and swigged beer with French Open finalist Simona Halep.
The popularity of Tennis Banter persuaded Adam to sign up for the College of Media and Publishing’s sports journalism course.
And since then, Adam, from Taunton, has had a meteoric rise, regularly writing for popular American tennis website Tennis World USA and landing the editor’s job at Italian site ubitennis.net
“I love my job,” says Adam.
“I used to just regard tennis as a hobby.
“Now it’s a huge part of my life.
“The course I did with CMP improved my writing skills and inspired me to make a career out of my passion for tennis.”
Adam, who will be covering the 2017 Aegon Championships at the Queen’s Club this week, has had lots of laughs on the trail of tennis stories.
One of his favourite moments came when Simona Halep gave him a beer.
Adam recalls: “Some British and Romanian journalists were having a tennis bet and Simona heard about it.
“The next time she held a press conference, she brought in a crate of beer for us. I never say no to a free beer!”
Summer will be busy for Adam with the grass court season rapidly approaching. So who does he tip for Wimbledon success?
“I think Federer has to be the favourite from the Wimbledon title,” predicts Adam.
“He has modified the season around the grass and has said it is his main goal.
“A lack of match play might be concerning, but his run to the Australian Open title after a six-month injury hiatus shows he can do it.
“Both Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal (if his knee holds up) are in with a good chance. Djokovic is too unpredictable at the moment to be considered a favourite.
“As for the women’s title, Ostapenko is a former Wimbledon girls champion and she will be carrying as lot of confidence from the French Open.
“It will be interesting if she can cope with the hype surrounding her. I believe Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova are strong contenders. I think the women’s draw will be quite open and fans should expect and unexpected.
“As for Queen’s I think the home support will carry Murray to the title. The tournament suits the fast servers, so Milos Raonic also has a chance.”
Adam is a regular contributor to – http://www.thesportfeed.com/