Neil Harman is one of the greatest story tellers in tennis history. Author of books, including the biography of David Beckham and the more recent "Court Confidential" and correspondent for the British The Times for more than a decade, Neil has suddenly faced a turning point in his career, and not a good one.
The most followed tennis writer on Twitter - with more than 35,000 followers - can't be found anymore on the social network, all because of a plagiarism scandal that hit him in the past days. Author of the Wimbledon Annual - the Championships' yearbook - Harman was accused of plagiarism by other magazines and tennis websites for his content published in the most recent 2013 edition of the book regarding the English Slam.
A very strong accusation, made by ESPN journalist Jon Wertheim, a victim, among the author, of "borrowed" words without consensus and without a citation. Ben Rothenberg, journalist for Slate and the New York Times, revealed how looking through the 2013 Wimbledon yearbook, "I found 14 large passages and others were also found in the previous Wimbledon annuals, for a total of 52 instances of plagiarism in three books".
According to Rothenberg, those passages were taken from the following sources: The Guardian, The New York Times, Slate, Sports Illustrated, The Telegraph and also from the New York Daily News.