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.

The Open

'Heroes, novelties & redemptions - A thriller third round'

Read full article on Open 2015: St Andrew's theatre set for thrilling finale

Early on the morning of the third round of this Open, after three days of rain and wind and false starts, not just the skies grey but seemingly every player decked out in the same dispiriting colour, St Andrews was a coastal town from a Morrissey lyric: wet sands and lonely seagulls, anoraks and damp socks, every day like Sunday.

Which just goes to show that golf is a sport that develops at its own sweet pace and can carry you along like few others. From such a downbeat dawn sprung one of the great days of Open entertainment, a thriller with multiple twists and plot-lines, a drama that could yet end in fairytale or fresh history.

Faldo bids emotional Open farewell

Read full article on Sir Nick Faldo bids emotional Open farewell at St Andrews

Sir Nick Faldo marked his retirement from competitive golf with a one-under-par 71 as he bowed out at St Andrews.

Twenty-five years on from his Open triumph on this course, the 57-year-old will miss the cut but recovered from a horrendous opening day to close his career in more fitting fashion.

The bad guy who has done nothing wrong

Read full article on Wimbledon 2015: Why Novak Djokovic deserves more acclaim

To the victor go the spoils. To Novak Djokovic, after his four-set triumph over Roger Federer, go the condolences too.

It's not the instinctive emotional response when someone has just won their ninth Grand Slam title and trousered £1.8m in the process. But Federer is Centre Court's sun king, and the man who dethrones him must carry a burden as inescapable as it is unfair.

Why we should all cherish Serena

Read full article on Wimbledon 2015: Serena Williams should be cherished like Federer

There is a phenomenon at Wimbledon that we might call Federer Face: that collective glow spread across the chops of spectators as they leave the show courts having finally seen the 17-time Grand Slam champion in the smooth-moving flesh.

It's a tiny claim on his greatness, the pleasure in being somehow part of his sporting story; a tale to tell the grandkids, the sharing in a communal homage to probably the greatest there has ever been.

Is Federer set for his finest hour?

Read full article on Wimbledon 2015: Is Roger Federer set for his finest hour?

Of all the impossible tricks that Roger Federer has pulled off down the years - those forehands crushed cross-court, the one-handed backhands ripped down the line, that gossamer touch at the net or the ability to sprint without looking like he is moving - he may have found the most remarkable yet.

Federer did more than just beat Andy Murray in straight sets in their Wimbledon semi-final. He made the passing years themselves look helpless.

'England offer cause for optimism'

Read full article on Ashes 2015: England optimistic but history teaches caution

A great deal can change between the last day of one Ashes series and the first of the next.

Think the last year and a half has gone fast? Then it might be worth reminding yourself that the previous Ashes Test ended with Boyd Rankin at the crease and with Joe Root dropped from the England team.

'Open can cope without McIlroy'

Read full article on Rory McIlroy: Open can cope with absence of world's best player

If Rory McIlroy woke up feeling bad on Monday morning, having ruptured his ankle ligaments in a kickabout, imagine how the bloke who tackled him must have felt.

McIlroy, the world's number one player, will miss his sport's number one tournament. As defending champion and the biggest draw in the game, it is a blow not only for the Northern Irishman but for an Open sat in the middle of a saturated sporting summer.

Can English cricket renew its glory?

Read full article on Ashes 2015: Will English cricket ever regain 2005 lustre?

Time to mark the 10-year anniversary of 2005. No, not the glorious Ashes of that year, but another significant moment in the history of English cricket: the last time live Test cricket was shown on terrestrial television in the UK.

What has it done to the game in Britain? Cause and effect can get tangled early in this emotive story, so here's a straightforward one, before we get on to how much money has gone where, and what it might have achieved: how many are still watching?

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.