By MICHAEL CAINES
I recently reviewed a book about tennis in the TLS: William Skidelsky's Federer and Me. Unlike most other top players, I confidently noted, the great Roger Federer plays his backhand shots single-handed. (It's not necessarily a lesser shot than the double-handed alternative, and it's certainly more versatile.) Sure enough, I then found out, Federer had improvized this two-handed lob at the French Open.
Cue a colleague of mine crafting an eerily convincing fake letter for publication, supposedly from a professor of literature who had pinpointed all the occasions down the years when the same thing had happened: "Sir, – I write to complain . . .". I admit it, I was taken in . . . .