About the Author
Mark Ryan has reported on sport for a variety of national newspapers since 1986, travelling the world in pursuit of a good story. In one year alone, the London-based Mail on Sunday sent him on more than 30 foreign assignments, almost unheard of for a freelancer. His career has taken him from Brazil to Australia, South Africa to Sweden. Back home, he covered Wimbledon several times during the 1990s. Ryan first became aware of Justin Henin-Hardenne's extraordinary background in 2001, when she reached the Wimbledon Final. He was commissioned to interview her estranged father, Jose, in Belgium and was deeply moved by what he heard. Also an experienced media trainer, Ryan teaches executives how to handle interviews in fields as diverse as science, education, health and sport. He lives in Northamptonshire.