• Michael McMahon

Tennis

Updated: 11 hours ago

I went to a secondary school in Clare for 4 years and then to a grinds school in Galway for my last year. There were a few students from the countryside in both schools. I went from hearing a joke or two about cattle to a teacher joking about horses in the next school! https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/multiple-grips.638307/

I’m a professional tennis player in terms of clothing though not ranking! I was actually dressed like this as I walked to a garage on the other side of town one night. As you’d expect a police car stopped me on the way back to ask for my passport.


A new training tool apparently. Let’s just bring out the hurleys altogether! At least they’d never have to be restrung. I finally won the Claremorris Mayo B doubles a few months ago. Beforehand I was minding my own business when I hit in the face by a stray ball from the A doubles. That gave me extra motivation to win the match! It was only afterwards at the awards ceremony that I realised they’d also hosted a “B+” grade for the better players. So I don’t know then if that actually meant I won the C doubles!

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The next bus won’t be for another 20 minutes. I’ll try not to stare!

An advantage with the old rackets is that they can serve as a self-defence weapon in the event of any heated line call disputes!


A benefit with distance courses and blogging is that you can pretty much do it anywhere. I’d gotten several covid tests and I asked the gardai a while back about emigrating away on a one-way ticket. They said if I’d a visa I could but it’d have to be on the condition that I don’t ever come back! The guy at the airport almost stopped me for not having signed the top of my passport. That’s the first time I was ever asked that question!

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/blue-clay-courts.641119/


They’re across the road from Apache Pizza. So they wanted another really cool Native American name. But instead of picking something like Cherokee or Navajo, they chose “Aztec Pizza”. Yes; they named a restaurant after a tribe world-renowned for human sacrifice. I wonder what toppings are on these pizzas!!!

There are some character roles where you don’t want to come across as too convincing! I hope he wasn’t method acting during this movie or he’d be giving all the food delivery guys a fright!

“Hello sir. Your appointment will be held down the corridor in the office beside the urinals!”

I used to play hurling when I was younger. I played wing-back. I was often confused about my positioning. They’d be telling me “stay beside him” if my opponent got past me. I suppose I didn’t want to stand too close in case it looked a bit romantic! Or “two hands” if I got lazy trying to pick up the ball. Eventually I was substituted and I decided to concentrate more on tennis when I was 16. There’s actually some overlap between the games in terms of hand-eye coordination. The players often told me I’d a hurley backhand! I was just terrible at hitting the hurley on my weaker side. Perhaps we should teach a one-handed forehand strike in hurling!

I’ve a wardrobe full of failed outfits. I’d a pink shirt to look more snazzy and of course I only wore it once. A few years back I was feeling confident so I went and bought an all black suit as if I were a hitman! Although I never had the boldness to wear it fully where I always added in different coloured pieces afterwards. One time I wanted to show my spiritual side so I bought these sleeveless vests with psychedelic designs. I think I wore it a few times to tennis to showcase my mystical shots! My enthusiasm only lasts a few days as the above styles clash with each other. I suppose it’s about wearing everything in moderation unless you want to be defined by one particular style. These days I’m just content with generic shorts and a jumper.

Have you ever stayed in a hotel room where you hear lots sexual sounds in the room above and have a strange hope that it’s not real and just porn, only to realise they don’t actually have x-rated movies on the hotel TV’s? Or to be awoken in the middle of the night by really loud music only to realise it was a feeble attempt to mask their own noise?

Warning: completely anonymous people being heard moaning from my room:

I’m fairly certain they wanted to be heard. Perhaps I should add my own adult’s section to the blog😀! I’ve always been a bit suspicious of sexuality; that there’s something hidden in the fine print which we’re not made immediately aware of. It’s like the way economists say there’s no such thing as a free lunch and there’s always an emotional cost to be paid somewhere down the line.

The caretaker at the school handed me a huge basket of balls that I’d hit over the roof during lockdown!

Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could hit a few half-volleys in a reverse grip.

We can be as technical as we want describing our tennis swing technique:


I went to a tennis academy in Majorca for a week when I was 16. It was fun but I didn’t acclimatise to the heat so I was very fatigued. I wonder what tennis equations they study if you attend an academy full time: “Let p be the fundamental probability of you winning a tennis point... The following formula, to be explained, then yields the probability, w, that you will win the game. w = P(4,4) + P(3,4)[p + qp + q2pd] + P(2,4)[pd] + P(1,4)[p2pd]”


Did anyone find the chairlifts abroad a bit hairy but were nonetheless content to fly in a plane kilometres above sea level on the way back home?

Some tennis players have their playing hand bigger than the weaker hand. Not me; I just have my t-shirt section significantly whiter than the racket arm!

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I’ve to be wary sometimes of people who might get into the habit of deleting my posts:


I’d prefer it if moderators formed their own anti-Michael thread rather than taking down my content!


(This time there was no attempt to give an explanation for why the thread was deleted.)


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