Tennis is a racket sport that can be played individually against a single opponent (singles) or between two teams of two players each (doubles). Each player uses a tennis racket that is strung with cord to strike a hollow rubber ball covered with felt over or around a net and into the opponent's court. The object of the game is to play the ball in such a way that the opponent is not able to play a valid return. The player who is unable to return the ball will not gain a point, while the opposite player will.

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In an article in the Observer published on 23rd July 2000, journalist Phil Hogan visited Peel Acres and mentioned that Peel had a tennis court put in from the money he made as 'the voice of Andrex' [1]. Peel would often mention playing tennis on his shows. For example, on the show of 24 October 1992 he mentioned how he had injured his back playing tennis, adding detail on 25 October 1992 (BFBS) where he describes playing the shot that caused it:

"This very morning, I was playing tennis... and I'm amazingly bad at tennis and never played it before 4 or 5 years ago, but I tend to enter into these things in a whole-hearted way... and I did the most beautiful crosscourt backhand I've ever done in my life... it may be the only crosscourt backhand I've ever done in my life, which would explain why, while doing it, I pulled some nerve or did something to something in my back... I'm in a lot of pain, but I'm chirpy as a cricket."

In an interview with David Gedge of the Wedding Present on the radio programme Chain Reaction, Peel described occasionally going out and playing half a couple of games of tennis during the week.

Peel's keenness in playing the sport did not match his viewing of the game especially the Wimbledon tennis tournament, where on his 19 May 1990 (BFBS) show he commented that it was his least favourite event of the year:

"I'm certainly looking forward to the World Cup, I must admit. I mean, anything to keep me going during the summer, and does it coincide with Wimbledon, which is my least favourite event of the entire year, or have we had Wimbledon this year? Either way I don't care. It's one of those things that seems to be on TV interminably, like the Horse Of The Year show, and kind of endless snooker. Anyway, football starts fairly soon and that will make life worth living again."

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