Times in payout to tennis psychologist

The Times has apologised and paid damages to sport psychologist Roberto Forzoni after reporting that he had to leave his job at the Lawn Tennis Association because players had lost confidence in him.

According to a statement issued by Forzini’s lawyers, Carter Ruck, The Times has now accepted that he left the LTA in November 2009 by mutual consent. The statement adds that since leaving the LTA Forzoni has “continued to work with a number of top British tennis players”.

Forzoni said of the outcome: ‘The publication of this serious, but completely false, slur on my professional reputation has caused me great distress and embarrassment, especially as the newspaper did not even contact me before publication. I am pleased that The Times has now recognised that it got the story wrong and that I have now been vindicated.”

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