A BRITISH man has patiently explained to an Italian colleague that for a fortnight every year England pretends to like tennis.
The Italian, who genuinely likes the sport, was thrilled and puzzled to find himself in a nation of fervent tennis fans.
English co-worker Tom Logan said: “Yeah no you were right the first time. We don’t care about it even slightly. It’s just this fortnight we pretend we do.
“I mean when you asked Dan about the French Open, and he froze up? That’ll be everybody. Tennis does literally not exist for us outside of Wimbledon.
“No, no, the World Cup thing, that’s real. We’re interested in football pretty much the whole time. And cricket, and rugby, and we even like Formula One. It’s only tennis where we have this traditional ‘fake fan fortnight’.
“So who’re the contenders this time? Is… Federman still in it? Sorry. It’s been literally 50 weeks.”
Colleague Giovanni Piscopo said: “Every time I think I have reached the edge of English weirdness, I realise I am just starting anew.”