Tom Fordyce

Chief sports writer, BBC Sport

Analysis and opinion from our chief sports writer

About Tom

Tom is the BBC's chief sports writer.... Read more about Tom Fordyce

With cricket, rugby, athletics and tennis among the sports he covers, he provides insight and commentary into the characters, stories and big events that make the sporting world go round.

He has covered Olympic Games, World Championships, rugby World Cups and Ashes tours home and away, as well as the Ryder Cup and multiple Wimbledons.

Winner of Sports Blogger of the Year, he is an amateur sportsman of minimal note but was recently included in the UK Press Gazette's list of the top 50 UK sports journalists.

Rafael Nadal

Nadal: The decline of a great?

Read full article on Wimbledon 2015: Why Rafael Nadal's 'shock' exit is no shock

The great shock of Rafael Nadal's shock exit from Wimbledon at the hands of previously anonymous qualifier Dustin Brown was that in some ways it was no shock at all.

Nadal is a 14-time Grand Slam champion. He triumphed in the greatest Wimbledon final of all time. He has a forehand that is less a groundstroke than a superpower.

Inside the secret world of sprinting

Read full article on Mark Cavendish on sprinting: 'It's not like playing chess'

He is the Usain Bolt of bike racing - winner of 25 stages at the Tour de France and 15 at the Giro D'Italia, a world champion on road and track, a Manx Missile capable of speeds that wreck rivals and destroy records.

No-one understands the pell-mell mayhem of a bunch sprint like Mark Cavendish. No-one before has taken the uninitiated inside that maelstrom quite like this. This is the secret world of sprinting, and it's quite some ride.

When BBC Sport did drug testing

Read full article on When BBC Sport tried the 'whereabouts' drugs testing system

Nine UK athletes, including Mo Farah, missed drug tests in the year before London 2012, it has been claimed.

After the Daily Mail reported double Olympic gold medallist Farah failed to hear the doorbell when UK anti-doping (Ukad) officers called at his house, a number of his Great Britain team-mates told BBC Sport of their near-misses.

Have stars lost touch with reality?

Read full article on Sports stars behaving badly: Have they lost touch with reality?

Outrage upon outrage. An England footballer, clearly drunk, sings an obscene song in public. A rugby star assaults two female police officers. Three young Premier League players are sent home from a tour after allegedly appearing in a racist sex tape.

Out of control, out of touch. Spoiled by success, intoxicated by money.

'One of sport's most dramatic falls'

Read full article on Sepp Blatter resignation one of sport's most dramatic falls

How eternal did Sepp Blatter's reign at Fifa appear to be?

Here are a few things that have happened since he took up his first post there: the founding of Apple computers, punk rock, not only the birth of current world footballer of the year Cristiano Ronaldo but the meeting of his parents; the Space Shuttle, the fall of the Berlin Wall, Pol Pot becoming prime minister of Cambodia.

What makes the perfect goal?

Read full article on Gerrard? Van Basten? Giggs? What makes the perfect goal?

You will be able to vote for your favourite all-time goal from Match of the Day's goal of the season competition next Saturday - FA Cup Final day. The shortlist of five goals has been chosen from a panel of BBC football experts and will be revealed on Sunday's Match of the Day.

We've all got a favourite. We've all wasted hours day-dreaming about one. We might have even attempted it ourselves. And yet can any of us agree?

Brave England fight to slay ghosts

Read full article on England v New Zealand: Hosts battle to slay ghosts at Lord's

Lord's does anger in the most understated of ways - a murmur of disapproval, a slight rustling of newspaper pages, an almost imperceptible swishing as heads are shaken.

Which is just as well when England have lost three wickets for five runs and a supposed fresh start is looking awfully like the ropey old finish.

History repeats on Strauss & England

Read full article on Kevin Pietersen: History repeats for Strauss, England go in circles

"It hasn't been an ideal situation," said England's new leader Andrew Strauss. "I don't think anyone has come out of it particularly well. But it has happened. We need to move on."

That was in January 2009, the last time Strauss was asked to ride to the rescue with a home Ashes imminent and a Kevin Pietersen brouhaha splitting the team in half.

How will Mourinho handle 'tricky' third season?

Read full article on Jose Mourinho: Can Chelsea boss build a dynasty after winning title?

Ordinarily a manager should be allowed to bask a little after winning the Premier League. Since Jose Mourinho is neither ordinary nor liable to lie back on his laurels, the focus shifts to his future even as the title celebrations go on.

For all the successes of this past season, the one ahead might yet be the defining period in Mourinho's second spell at Chelsea. Never has he stayed at a club for more than three full seasons. Never before has the third year been quite as successful as the ones that preceded it.

Champion with a 'jeweller's touch'

Read full article on Masters 2015: Jordan Spieth - the making of a major champion

It began early for Jordan Spieth: when he was three years old and ready for potty-training, his mother Chris decided to bribe him out of nappies by hiding his plastic golf clubs on top of the washing machine until he had done what he had to do.

That bargain could have backfired in a way that was neither good for his golf nor his social standing. Thankfully for the Spieth family, the lure of the clubs was too strong to resist. Eighteen years on, the obsessive kid has become a record-breaking champion.