16 June 2008
Tennis player begins libel proceedings against newspapers
A British tennis player has begun libel proceedings against three media organisations, it has been revealed.
Robert Dee, who is a tennis professional working in the resort town of La Manga in Murcia, Spain, is taking action against stories published that described him as the world's worst professional in sport, the Guardian reports.
Writs have been lodged at London's high court against Associated Newspapers, Reuters and Independent News and Media.
Articles printed in the UK press from April of this year suggested that Dee had lost 54 consecutive games, making him the worst professional player in the world.
His spokesman, however, claims that, while he lost this many games at an international level, he also won 20 other professional matches during that time.
The Guardian, which reported the player had not won a professional game in three years, subsequently published an apology and correction and was not named in the writ.