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Diana Wilkinson, former NI tennis champ who went on to coach Spurs player is serving up ace thrillers inspired by some of the ladies she met on court

Wimbledon should have been starting on Monday but was cancelled due to Covid-19. However, one Belfast-born author, who went on to set up three tennis schools across North London, tells Linda Stewart why her thriller, 4 Riverside Close, will prove a perfect match for fans of the sport.

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Write stuff: Diana Wilkinson is delighted her thriller is a top-seller

Write stuff: Diana Wilkinson is delighted her thriller is a top-seller

Match point: Diana Wilkinson with her husband Neil and son James

Match point: Diana Wilkinson with her husband Neil and son James

Diana Wilkinson with her sports medals

Diana Wilkinson with her sports medals

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Chris Waddle

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Glenn Hoddle

Write stuff: Diana Wilkinson is delighted her thriller is a top-seller

Diana Wilkinson has been thrilled to have her son James (23) home during lockdown. He had just completed a gap year, taking in Australia, Vietnam, Thailand and South Africa and was just starting to look for work when everything shut down.

It’s been lovely having him at home. I just love it because obviously he’s been away for a year and I missed him. Although he’s been quite demanding on the food front, as is my husband, because he’s working from home as well,” Diana says.

Their way of coping with lockdown has been to stage a series of epic tennis battles in the garden of their home in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, between Diana, her accountant husband Neil and James.