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The title of this blog entry is a terrible attempt at me trying to be funny. I’ve decided to write a post all about tennis and the first thing that entered my head was “new balls please.’ I won’t give up my day job then!


So this post comes out of the blue. I’ve been thinking back to my past and what sports I used to play. To be honest, I played most sports but the two that I particularly liked and was quite good at were basketball and tennis. I played tennis at County level and won a fair few competitions. Having said that, it was quite a tough period of my life because I such a horrible competitive sod. I’m not anymore thank goodness! I guess it came with age and I realised I didn’t have any to prove to anyone. Another thing I like to say is that I got the girl, so why do I need to be competitive anymore?


Tennis is a great sport to watch and play. I’d imagine most people reading this have watched a game at Wimbledon. Our very own Andy Murray became Wimbledon Champion in 2013 and he was the first British player to win since Virginia Wade in 1977. Me and my Mam have watched tennis for years. She loved watching me play too and to cheer me on. Whenever I see Andy Murray’s Mam in the crowd, it reminds me of my Mam! I unfortunately gave up playing tennis at a young age. I’m not 100% sure why but I can pretty much guarantee it had something to do with losing! Sounds pathetic I know but that’s just the way it was. I received a letter from my old tennis coach a few years later trying to track me down. He said he’s never seen a tennis player like me before at that age. I now think “what if.”


A few years later, I picked up a tennis racket again and went down to a local club. I beat the best player in my age range and a few ears pricked up. I entered a doubles tournament with a friend and lost in the final. The annoying thing was, we’d beaten them in the group stages and quite convincingly! The guess the pressure got to us and we had our families in the stands.


I then dabbled with Badmington and Squash. Nothing competitive, simply for fitness. I’ve never considering picking up a tennis racket again until the other day. All it takes is a tennis court, a racket, some balls and some suitable tennis clothing. As my competitive edge is no longer with me, I’m hoping I can enjoy the game again and pick up my fitness at the same time.


Are there any sports you were particularly good at? If so, I’d love to know!


About The Author

Following the birth of his son in 2009, Paul was unfit and sluggish. Since then he's been training using a range of exercise techniques and gained some valuable information over the years. Events he has completed to date are Total Warrior, Pier To Pier, Bamburgh 10k, Hamsterley 10k, Blaydon Races, Newcastle Stampede and over 50 parkruns. In 2012 he created his own challenge called the '12 Days of Christmas.' He raised over £1000 for Percy Hedley by running 60 miles to celebrate their 60 years. In 2013 he ran the '12 parkruns of Christmas' with friend Lee Nyland. The pair raised over £1400 for the Tiny Lives Fund.

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