Richard Fidler talks sport with Richard Joyner

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Richard Joyner, aged 49, is the tournament director for the Aegon GB Pro-Series Sheffield event, which will take place at Graves Tennis Centre starting on Sunday.

What have you been doing today?

Left home (Nottingham) at 7am drove to Chorley (near Preston) for a meeting with Tennis Lancashire and Manchester City Council to discuss Tennis Development opportunities at the two Pro events in Manchester in 2013. At 1pm I drove to Manchester Northern Club to discuss on site arrangements for the Pro Grass Court event. Later at 6.30pm I met my daughter (student in Manchester) to have some food. Then at 8.15pm I left Manchester, drove 200 miles to London to National Tennis Centre.

Who is your inspiration and why?

Generally anyone with a can do attitude, who wants to get things done. When we lived in Australia my wife looked after a nine-year-old boy (Anthony) who had been paralysed from the neck down in a hit and run RTA, aged seven. Whenever you met him he always had a positive attitude. My wife has kept in touch, and five years ago when back in Australia we met up with Anthony and his family. He is now in his late 20s has a degree in journalism, writes for various magazines and journals, has scuba dived the Barrier Reef, and done a tandem parachute jump.

Oh, he also cooked lunch the day we met. You can’t but help be inspired by his positive outlook.

Which sports star did you admire when you were growing up?

In tennis John McEnroe was my hero. Football anyone in a yellow and green shirt.

What’s your favourite other sport?


Who is the most famous person in your phone?

Dmitry Tursunov (former top 20 player) or John Lloyd (former British No 1).

When was the last time you cried?

The last time I cried was in 2012.

Who or what are you most proud of?

Standing in the away end with 2,000-3,000 other Norwich City fans.

What’s the best piece of advice you have received?

To enjoy and care about what you do.

When did you know you were good at what you do?

Have always enjoyed working in sport, and when people seemed to appreciate what I was trying to achieve.

What one item do you take with you wherever you go?

Contact lenses .

What is the most nervous you’ve ever been?

Not sure.

Do you ever doubt yourself?

Often question self, which can become doubt.

What is your view on social networks like Twitter and Facebook?

Very useful for professional (work purposes), don’t really use much other than for work.

How do you relax away from sport?

Outdoors on a beach irrespective of the weather, or in the country. Living in Nottingham there’s not much of the former!

Where was your last holiday - and would you go again?

As a family took train to Lake Como via Paris and Milan. First time been to Lake Como, and with Italy being one of my favourite countries (after Australia) would definitely go again.

Do you cook? If so what’s your favourite - if not who provides that favourite meal?

My cooking is questionable at best, and messy. My wife prefers to keep a clean kitchen. Enjoy all food except fish with bones!

What was the last book you read?

Nelson Mandella ‘Long walk to Freedom’.

If you weren’t doing what you do, what would you do?

Hopefully something still in sport.

Tell our readers in your own words why you think we’re interviewing you?

As Tournament Director of the International Tennis event in Sheffield, we are looking at doing a daily round up of play in The Star, and with tennis being topical with the Australian Open currently on.

Favourite TV programme?

Not Going Out