Val and J.D. began TennisInsideOut.com in 2012, encouraged by a Tennis.com writer and an international actor to create an entertainment and humor site devoted to seeing the fun side of the sport of tennis. (Who can say no to that level of cheering squad?) We strive to give tennis fans, both new and diehards, all the entertaining stuff we can find, like pretty pics, goofy lists, weird observations, elaborate fandom in-jokes, snarky commentary, and anything else our cray-cray-for-tennis brains come up with.
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Be sure to check out our black & white photography series, The Beauty of Tennis. This ongoing project celebrates the visual artistry of tennis players, mixing photography and poetry in search of ever-changing perspectives.
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WHO WE ARE:
Valerie David Spencer is a freelance writer who specializes in Arts & Entertainment, most recently contributing featured pieces for Screenrant.com, CableTV.com, Yahoo! TV, Y! Celebrity, and Y! Movies. Her work has appeared on TVOvermind, CareerAddict.com, The Frisky, SFGate, IMDB, and a variety of other websites. Along with TennisInsideOut.com, she previously ran entertainment site TV News & Reviews (TNR).
Her tennis photos have appeared on Let’s Talk Tennis, Last Word on Sports, inadvertently on Blick (she’ll be happy to tell you that story if you ask), and on American player Ryan Harrison’s Twitter profile.
Valerie hosts The Night Session webcasts, which she began with Outside the Ball’s Courtney Massey. She’s also guest-posted at The Grandstand, and guested on podcasts for Tennis Atlantic, Realz Tenis Fanz, and Racquet Magazine founder Caitlin Thompson’s The Main Draw.
Valerie is also published in fiction, with short stories and a manga comic script.
Valerie grew up playing tennis with her family, where games often consisted of 2-shot rallies that inevitably ended with the ball sailing over the fence into destinations unknown. There was no $75 million-a-year career in the works, but there was lots of fun and laughter, and so began her love of the sport.
When she’s not debating the flaws of the Arrow finale on Twitter or writing about the latest naked TV vampire, she’s arguing about the futility of the GOAT debate and tweeting about the latest near-naked tennis player (which is usually Rafa or Fabio). She tries to be fair to all players and respect their skills, but it’s quite obvious to everyone that she loves Swiss players Stan and Fed the way JMac loves Rafa–but with slightly less off-topic rambling. She also cheers in an unseemly fashion for her Polish princesses, Caro and Aga. She holds out hope for our players from #Merica, but is willing to adopt Canadian players as needed.
“Thought Leader” J.D. (represented here by “Eleanor” from Gone in 60 Seconds) is as crazy about tennis as his wife Valerie, proven by the fact that he’s been willing to risk death by a thousand Sharpie cuts by wading into throngs of fans at tournament practice courts and player’s entrances just to get those perfect, tweet-worthy pics we always hope will go viral. He has an askew view of the tennis world that demands to be shared, hence the formation of TennisInsideOut.com. When asked if he plays tennis, J.D.’s usual response is “I own a racquet.” His three favorite players are: “Fish, Federer, and Anyone That Plays Djokovic.” (Val will tell you he also has a fondness for Kerber, Shvedova, and Cibulkova.)
The Tennis Inside Out website is a constant work in progress, but was always meant to be a place to share Val and J.D.’s random observations about tennis that strike them funny. Hopefully you’ll find these observations as humorous as they do, and they’re guessing the blog will be even funnier once you’re done watching a marathon Djokovic/Nadal Slam match that you got up at 2:30am to watch. Sleep-deprived and hopefully drunk readers, that’s their target audience.
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