After graduating from the University of East Anglia in German, History, Linguistics and Music, Chris Bowers trained as a newspaper journalist and worked for the now defunct Wokingham and Bracknell Times in Berkshire. He later moved to radio, working for County Sound in Guildford, Swiss Radio International (the Swiss world service), and BBC Radio in news and sport.
In 1990 he was the founder director of the Environmental Transport Association, which offered motorists and other transport users services from an agency that was not part of the UK’s road lobby. He also worked for the European Federation for Transport and Environment in Brussels, an umbrella of European NGOs for which he still acts as a communications consultant.
Since 1992 he has spent the lion’s share of his professional time on the global tennis circuit, commentating over the years for BBC 5 Live, BBC World Service, Eurosport, ESPN, the Tennis Channel, Talksport and various internet media, and has written for newspapers, magazines and websites. His many books include biographies of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
From 2007 to 2015 he was a councillor on Lewes District Council, and in 2010, 2015 and 2017 he stood for Parliament for the Liberal Democrats, first in Wealden constituency, then in Brighton Pavilion, and again in Wealden in 2017. In 2011 he wrote the first biography of Nick Clegg. He is also the chair of his family’s charitable trust fund founded by his parents in 1973.
Chris’s interests are playing tennis, theatre, music, making videos and walking the dog. He also plays the violin and piano.
He lives in East Sussex with his daughter.