Al Laney

January 11, 1895
January 31, 1988
Place of Birth:
Pensacola, Florida
United States
United States
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When the game of tennis was exploding on the worldwide scene during the 1920s, two American journalists working for New York newspapers raised the stature of the sport incomparably with their evocative accounts of big matches. One was Allison Danzig of the New York Times; the other was Al Laney of the New York Herald Tribune. Laney’s graceful prose bore the unmistakable stamp of his authority. He wrote profoundly about the game for a long time, bringing the players vividly to life to a loyal and knowledgeable audience.


  • Sports reporter (primarily tennis and golf) 1914-66
  • Correspondent for Paris Herald (now International Herald Tribune) after World War I
  • Served as a secretary to James Joyce
  • Correspondent for New York Herald Tribune