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From Wimbledon to Albert Square
By Larry Jaffee
Britain’s recent Wimbledon tournament
– congratulations to new
champs Novak Djokovic and Petra
Kvitova – prompted me to think
about which EastEnders characters
through the years could have been
excellent tennis players.
Let’s face it, sport doesn’t figure
too often in the show, and no
offence, they don’t seem to be all
On the women’s side, I’ve come
up with Melanie and Kelly. The
men are bit more difficult. I could
picture Steve Owen showing up at
a country club in his tennis whites.
Clyde Tavernier’s physique reminds
me of Gaël Monfils, the
Who do you think could know
his or her way around a racquet?
Send in your suggestions.
In the meanwhile, I canvassed
the peanut gallery, and they had
some imaginative match pairings.
Paul Gansky: I can just see Phil
and Grant playing at Wimbledon!
After three hours it’s still a tie and
the net is in tatters! (The only scoring
was on double-faults!)
I agree that Melanie would look
great on the courts!
Can’t recall her name, Joe’s
Mom from Scotland (ed.: Lorraine),
too! Wellard to fetch balls.
Mixed doubles: Alfie and Kat.
Nick might be intimidating to the
refs! Stacey would shag them!
Shonni Dixon: Mandy and Aidan
would have made a great pair –
both young and agile. Also in his
day, Dan Sullivan might have
swung a mean racquet! I can also
see Kathy Beale Mitchell playing
in her earlier years – and she would
turn a few heads! And Frankie
could have given a few a run for
their money. Simon (Wicksy) and
his brother David Wicks would
make quite a great doubles team!
Irene Feldman: Most definitely
Jack Branning! Actor Scott Maslen
is said to have earned a comfortable
living as an international
model before turning to acting. Although
this was 20 years ago, he's
still got the fit physique – as well
as the right footwork, as evidenced
by his high scores on Dancing With
the Stars in 2010.
Cary Granite: I dreamed about
Pat on the court, racquet in hand.
Now that Pam is “hanging up her
earrings,” will she take up tennis?
I’d like to see a
Peggy and Grant
Janet Rogers: I
could see Dorothy
with a racquet....
chasing Jim all over
the square and
through the pub
with it..... I can definitely
lopping off Phil's
head with one, and
serving it on the cat
gut.... and I can see
Pat whacking Janine
over the head
with a racquet –
earrings just a
flashin’.... Oh, you
mean an actual tennis
Tom was athletic...
he could have
Editor’s note: I’m always searching for hints as to why I became an Anglophile,
and now realise that tennis might have played a role. As a
teenager in the 1970s, I played with a wooden Slazenger racquet, the
same brand that my father used, and I just learned that it was “MADE IN
ENGLAND.” Slazenger ceased manufacturing wood racquets in the
1980s, but still supplies official tennis balls to Wimbledon.