By Barry Newcombe
The Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association yesterday honoured Alan Little, the long-serving librarian at the All England Lawn Tennis club, and Paralympic gold medallist Peter Norfolk MBE at their annual awards lunch held at the Debenture Holders’ restaurant at Wimbledon’s No 1 Court.
Little has more than 6,000 books in his care at Wimbledon and has been collecting books since he was a schoolboy. One of his earliest acquisitions was a copy of of the MCC Rules of Tennis from 1877, which he bought for Â£1.
Norfolk, pictured in action right, has been Britain’s leading wheelchair tennis player for 15 years and won the inaugural quad singles gold medal in the Paralympic Games in Athens in 2004 and repeated the feat in Beijing 2008.