Robert Lake

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Research Interests

  • Social exclusivity in Tennis

Academic Introduction

BSc (Hons) (Brunel University, UK)
MA (University of Leicester, UK)
PhD (Brunel University, UK)
Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education-Academic Practice (St. Mary's University College, UK)

Douglas College Faculty since summer 2014

In 2015, Rob published a book "A social history of Tennis in Britain": London/New York: Routledge, which won the 2015 Lord Aberdare Literary Prize for best Sports History book. Rob delves into the history of tennis -- rife with racism, elitism, and gender conflict -- and how it shaped Bristih society in modern times. According to the British Society of Sports History's panel of judges, the research offers fresh detail on the sport of tennis and a pioneering work for scholars. The book was also shortlisted for the North American Society of Sports History Book Award 2016 and received an honourable mention.

In Rob's own words " Tennis is a passion of mine. I play it and understand it, but really my draw was more of an academic one. There are so many avenues open for exploration, from a sociological and historical perspective. It's got an interesting history, particularily in the United Kingdom where my research began. I am motivated to answer questions as to why the sport progressed through various stages, and better understand how it related to changes in society"

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