New blow for tennis star by a UK court

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London, Apr 30 (ANI): Tennis player Briton Robert Dee, who had filed a legal action against a British newspaper after it described him as the "world's worst player', has lost his case.

Twenty-three-year-old Dee argued that the article was 'offensive' and could blight his potential future career as a tennis coach.

"The newspaper argued that its article was not defamatory when read together with another piece in the same edition. The judge in the High Court agreed with the newspaper," reports Sky News.

The Daily Telegraph maintained it was justified in publishing the story because the articles were not defamatory and true.

"The claimant is a professional player who did indeed lose 54 consecutive matches in tournaments on the international professional circuit during which he did not win one set," the newspaper said.

"His losses were in tournaments which are under the jurisdiction of the ITF (International Tennis Federation) and the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals); they are world ranking tournaments and attract world ranking points. His record of consecutive losses was the world record equalling worst-ever run of consecutive losses on the international professional circuit," it added.

The Judge concluded that Dee could not be justified in his complaint and the facts justified the comment.

Briton Robert Dee, now based in La Manga, took action against the Daily Telegraph over an article written in April 2008. (ANI)

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