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    • Anna Kournikova / Discussion / 5 Readings / 63 Ratings
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      Well if you don't know who I am, I will try and tell you a bit about me. My name is Ross Moorlock and I am an 18-year-old student. My big love is tennis and I play six or seven times a week. I have represented Nottinghamshire on a number of occasions playing against other counties such as Derby and Peterborough, and am also a tennis coach. I run squads on a Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon and have been doing this since I was about eleven. I have always loved tennis from a very young age, and was introduced to the game by my mum who is also a keen player. I have played a lot with my brother and this has helped me to keep interested in the game, as I have always had somebody there to play with. Being a keen tennis player myself I like to watch a lot of tennis on television and like to try and follow it all. I have watched Anna Kournikova play quite a lot and was in the crowd watching her last year at Wimbledon. I had a lot of fun watching her for obvious reasons and it was a good day out, but can she really play tennis? Obviously I am sure that you all know that tennis has not really made Anna famous. Her looks have made her well known all over the world and you can't go to anybodies house without seeing a poster of her stuck up on the wall. She has done a lot of modelling in her time and has just signed a deal modelling the latest sports bra. She does get a lot of stick from people saying that she cannot play tennis and that she is only well known for her looks. Anna has never really performed that well in many tournaments and has only reached a few semi finals and no major finals, but to me she is still a very good tennis player. She is always around at the big tennis tournaments and although she has never done that well she always gets past the first few rounds. After seeing her play I find her to be a very good player and it’s just a matter of years before she breaks through in the tennis world and becomes
      a top ten player. At the moment she is ranked just outside the top ten but is easy capable of getting her self in to it. Her weakest shot has to be her serve. This has lost her so many matches in the past but she is working very hard to try and sort this out. She serves a lot of double faults and struggles to get enough power onto her second serves. She has no problems with breaking her opponents serve, but a break is never a break unless you hold your own serve after it. Her other shots are excellent and are up there with the best and her movement around the court is brilliant. She has the potential to be a world-class player and I think that it is just a matter of time before she is recognised as one. Adidas have been very clever and have signed a multimillion-pound deal with Anna to supply her with clothing and trainers. This is a good ploy from them, now they are already famous for supplying her with her clothes and can use her in advertising their sports wear and this will encourage people to buy their products. Although Anna has not got much prize money from tennis, she is the highest paid tennis player at the moment, just because of all of her sponsor ship deals. She is the most photographed tennis player ever and has the biggest male following out of all the female tennis players. Players like Martina Hingis have said to be jealous of the Anna because of the male following and press coverage that she attracts, but I think that if they were in Anna's situation they would be doing exactly the same as she is. So in conclusion I have to say that Anna has not really shown how good she is yet in professional tennis, but I think that this is all to come and soon she will prove to the world that she is not just a pretty face. She has shown signs of being world class but has never been able to do it enough and do it consistently but she is defiantly going to be a player of the future and really she is still only young an
      d has a great future ahead of her. The best is still to come.

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      • Adidas in general / Discussion / 0 Readings / 34 Ratings
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        • "Fashion is becoming too much of a big deal"

        To be perfectly honest with you all, I was desperate to write an opinion on dooyoo. I have written about 65 now I think but I have not written one for what seems like ages and my account has dried up a bit. I was thinking to myself, what do I know quite a lot about, and what could I write a decent opinion on. I would have to say that I am a very sporty person and play sport every day, so sports clothes and trainers are obviously very very important to me. Although I am not really a 'trendy' I do like to wear brand names, because I feel that the more you pay, in most cases the better quality item you get. I would say that my wardrobe consists of about 85% sports clothes, which yes is very sad, but to be honest with you, sports clothes are all I wear. Obviously because I play a lot of sports but also because they are always really comfortable and just easy to wear. I am sure that you have all heard of Adidas. The German sports company, the brand with the three stripes. They are now one of the biggest sports brands in the world and are up there with Nike. They make so many different types of clothes and sports items that it is really hard to keep track of. I have quite a lot of Adidas clothing items because I play a lot of tennis and also always choose to buy Adidas trainers as well. This is generally because the designs of them are very good, and suitable but also very stylish at the same time. This is the same with the clothes. They easily do the job that you need them to do but can also be worn as a fashion item at the same time. Adidas clothes are very good quality and I have never had any kinds of problems with them what so ever. The materials that they are made out of are really thick and are very hard wearing. The number of ranges that they do are incredible, and every range is different. Adidas footwear is pretty much the same as the clothing. They are always up to a very high standard, and the designs are very prac
        tical but at the same time very fashionable and can easily be warn with other items of clothing. I think that a big reason for why Adidas is so popular is because of the sports people that they get in to promote it. David Beckham has always promoted the Adidas Predator football boots and this has made kids want to buy them just so they can say that they have the same football boots as David Beckham. It is the same with Anna Kournikova. Adidas advertise some of their clothes as being the same as Anna Kournikova's as this does increase sales a lot because every female person must want to look like her and wear the same clothes as her. All the big companies do this now a days, and I think this makes the difference between a big company and a small company. You don't see Hi-Tec pulling in Pele to advertise their products and you don't seem any famous people wearing their products either. I think that the biggest problem with the Adidas products has to be the price of them. Although I still but a lot of their products I do definitely think that they are over priced and in some cases a rip off. I mean obviously you do pay for quality but only up to a certain extent. £40 for a t-shirt to me is a lot of money to have to spend. I think really that you are paying for the name as well. If the shirts didn't have anything written on them, then yes they would still be about £25 because they are good quality shirts, but it is the adidas sign and the three stripes that push the price up. The thing is with it, is that people are willing to pay these prices, and as long as people are buying the items Adidas are just going to put the prices up and up and up and who knows when they will stop. Being only 18, I have to try and keep up with the latest gear and fashion. I do see a lot of bullying to do with what clothes somebody is wearing, especially when I was about 15. If you wore a pear of trousers with two lines running down th
        e side, words like 'tramp' would be yelled out to you and this does cause a lot of problems. I am a tennis coach and I see a lot of this bullying going on in my squad sessions. People having the Mick taken out of them just because of what trainers they are wearing, as I think that really the whole fashion thing is being taken too far. I don’t mean to step away from the subject of adidas in general, but Adidas is just a number of brand names that is putting more and more pressure on children. When I was younger my mum always used to buy my clothes. She got them from shops like BHS and Marks and Sparks, and up until I left Primary School I was perfectly ok with this. It was when I went to secondary school when I felt that I had to change. The 'in' people were the people with the Adidas trainers and the Adidas coats and so on. These were the people that were getting the girlfriends and that had all the cool friends, and because of this I felt that I had to wear clothes like they wore to have good friends. Obviously at the time I was very stupid and naive, but I did actually go out and buy some adidas trainers and some adidas clothes. The sad thing was that it did make me more popular and it did make me cooler, but to be perfectly honest with you, I think that this is wrong. You shouldn't be judged on what clothes you are wearing and in general on how much money you have, you should be judged on who you are and what kind of a person you are. Ok, well I know I have probably babbled on about something completely irrelevant to the topic for the last 10 minutes, and I apologise if you read this opinion expecting to read something about your favourite pair of football boots. All I would say is that all though Adidas make very good quality clothes and they are very stylish, don't forget about who you are and don't change your identity just to impress others.

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        • Speedway / Discussion / 2 Readings / 66 Ratings
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          Speedway is a sport that is becoming more and more popular each year in Britain. It is now the second most popular spectator sport, but yet still most of you will never have watched it or even heard of it. I have been a speedway fan since I was about 3. My dad has always been a speedway fan and his father took him to speedway matches many years ago. It is hard to explain the buzz that you get from actually being at a speedway match. The engine noises echoing and roaring around the stadium is incredible but the smell of the bikes is something that creates the best atmosphere of all. Speedway is something that I will carry on watching until I die, and I know that I will always enjoy it. I will take my children to speedway and would hope that they would take theirs, as everybody deserves to have the experiences of Speedway that I have had. I am sure that some of you have heard of speedway but are not really sure what it is. This is understandable; as it is hardly ever in the papers and has only recently been showed live on sky sports television. Speedway is a motorcycling sport and can be taken part on dirt tracks, ice tracks or grass tracks. I am going to tell you a bit about dirt track speedway, as this is by far the most popular in the United Kingdom. There are currently three dirt track leagues at the moment. There is the Elite league, which is the equivalent of the premiership. There is the Premier League, which is the equivalent of the first division and then there is the Conference League, which is the bottom league. There are about ten teams in each league and each team has seven riders in it. The riders will vary in skill as two of them will be reserves and obviously not quite as good as the top riders in the team. Each rider has a point average, which is the average number of points he scores in a meeting. There are teams from all over England and Scotland in places like Ipswich, Belle Vue, Oxford, Poole, Covent
          ry, Peterbourough, Eastbourne, King's Lynn, Wolverhampton, Exeter, Stoke, Glasgow, Swindon, Sheffield, Hull, Berwick, Isle Of Wight, Essex, Edinburgh, Worthington, Newcastle, Newport and many many more. At all of these places they have a some kind of stadium and a track. The tracks vary quite a lot. Some will be very long and some will be very short. Exeter has a very large track where riders can get up to about 90mph. This benefits Exeter a lot, as most other riders will be scared if over taking at such high speeds but Exeter are used to it so they tend to win their home matches by large amounts. But if a team like Exeter then went to race at the Isle of Wight they would struggle as the track is very small there. Well I have now told you a bit about the teams so I will now try and tell you a bit about matches/meetings and what kind of rules there are. Speedway matches take place on a regular basis, about one or two a week for each team. Each match is done in two halves. Eg Exeter has a home match against Stoke and win 53-37 then they have to go race away at Stoke and lose 50-40. The two scores are added together so Exeter would win 93-87 on aggregate. They would get thee points for this as in speedway you get two points for a match win and an extra bonus point for the aggregate win. There are fifteen heats in each speedway match and each heat has four riders in it. (Two from each team) To make it easier for the spectators and other riders to work out who is who on the track one of the home team riders wears a blue helmet and one wears a red helmet, and the away team riders wear either yellow and black or white. So in one race you will have four riders wearing blue, red, white and yellow and black helmets. Each race is four laps of the track and is started by a tape that goes up. All four riders go right up to the tape, rev up their engines, the tape is lifted and then the race is in their own hands. The points are scored as
          followed... 1st place- 3 points 2nd place- 2 points 3rd place- 1 point 4th place- 0 points So a team can win a heat by 5-1 4-2 or draw it 3-3. Sometimes riders get excluded for falling off and therefore and not put in for the rerun of the race so a team can therefore win a heat by a bigger margin. There are ninety points to be won in each speedway match and the biggest ever margin was recorded last year when Exeter when a speedway match 75-15, which meant that they had won every heat 5-1. At every match there will be a match referee. He normally sits in a box at the tp of the stadium so that he can look down on the track and see exactly what is going on. If there is an accident there match referee has to decide who is to blame and whether anybody should be disqualified or not. Sometimes the decisions that he makes are not very good, as he only sees it once and doesn't get to see a replay of it. There is a phone in the riders pits that links up to the referee box, so that if they are not happy with a referee's decision they can argue it out with him. Speedway is not a very violent sport but I have been at mathces where riders have been fighting together. It can sometimes get very bad, as all the team members join in and there is nothing that anybody can do to try and stop it. The worst ever vilolence shown in speedway was live on sky sports television. A race had started and on the second lap there was a coming together of two riders. The two riders fell over, one got up ok but the other stayed down injured. The rider that was ok walked off back to the pits but the injured rider stayed down, received a bit of treatment but he looked very angry. He felt that he had been knocked over on purpose by the other rider. The injured rider walked back to the pits and live in television punched the other rider and knocked him out for the count. In a way I suppose that this is the kind of publicisity
          that people want for speedway as it will make more people watch it, but speedway shouldn't be shown like this as it will only give it a bad reputation. Speedway bikes are quite basic, as obviously the lighter they are the quicker the riders can go. They only have one gear, and can go up to about 90 mph on a long track. The set-up for the bikes changes for each track they are ridden on. So the set-up of a bike would be different for a short track compared to a long track, as on a long track the bike would need to have more speed. Each speedway rider has at least one mechanic who travels around with them and each rider also has a van to keep their bikes in so that they can travel to matches easily. All speedway riders have more then one bike, as there is always the problem of engine damage or something going wrong on the bike, and as they are trying to earn a living they always need a spare bike. Although there are quite a lot of full time speedway riders, most of the riders in the lower divisions have another job to keep a steady income. Speedway can be very unpredictable as matches are called off because of rain. Speedway riders are paid for each point they get in a race. In the Elite league they get paid something like £75 a point and if you think that the best riders will get about fifteen points a match then the pay is not really that bad, but they do have to pay for bike repairs and some travel expenses themselves, which can sometimes be a lot of money. For the other leagues some riders are not even paid but if they are it is only £25 a point, which is not really that much if you think about the risks that they are taking. Although there are not that many deaths in speedway there are a lot of nasty injuries every week. Broken legs and broken collar bones are probably the two most common injuries, but some riders chose to ride with broken bones because they really need the money and don't want to lose the
          ir team position. I have seen many nasty accidents but at every speedway match, there are two ambulances present and always a doctor there too. A match is cancelled if both the ambulances are taking riders to hospital. Recently the death of a speedway rider has shocked everybody around Britain. Simon Wigg (wiggy) who recently died of a brain tumour was well known by everybody. I have seen him race on many occasions and he was one of speedways true characters. He has been world long track champion and still had many years left in him. He had a few nasty speedway accidents where he had banged his head, which then later results in the brain tumour that took his life. He is a rider that will never be forgotten by the speedway world and this is just a warning of how dangerous speedway actually is. About 25 years ago accidents were a lot more frequent in speedway, as the safety barriers were not very strong and crowd protection was very poor. In some matches spectators were killed when bikes had flown over the barriers and had landed in the crowds. There were a number of tragedies like this and this made tracks and speedway officials tighten up safety and now speedway is becoming less of a risk to everybody. I am sure that quite a few of you have been watching speedway on sky sports television. They only started showing it at the start of last years season and it was a great success. Speedway was publicised a lot more and now has a lot more followers then ever before. The coverage was excellent but they only showed matches from the Elite League, which sparked off a few angry supporters for the lower teams. I am an Exeter Falcons fan and they are in the Premier League so therefore were not shown on television at all last year, which I found to be very annoying. This year things are changing though. Due to the large demand some speedway matches from the lower divisions are going to be shown live on Sky Sports TV. Most of the fairly
          large teams are now going on to the internet and all have very good web sites. These are very good, as you can find out fixtures, rider information and quickly find out whether matches have been cancelled or not. I am currently signed on to the Exeter Falcons website and I receive daily news letters from here and these are very helpful, as they tell me results and match reports as well as injuries and all of the latest gossip. I think that bringing speedway on to the internet is the next step of making speedway known all over Britain. The nest step has to be getting more speedway shown on television and advertising speedway as a whole a lot better. There is a speedway magazine for the supporters, which has been running for many years. It is an excellent magazine and follows all types of speedway all over the world. This is really good magazine for those who are interested in speedway but also for those who want to get involved with it but don't really know where to start. It costs £2.20 and is available from most newsagents but some may not stock in, as demand may not be that high in some areas. If you want to get interested in speedway then I am sure that there will be a speedway stadium and team near you. Just ask around a bit and somebody will know about it. If you are worried about the price of it all then I think that you will be quite surprised. For an adult a ticket is about £7.50 and for a child it can be anything from about £1 to £5. This is a lot cheaper then any football match so why not go and support your local team. I am sure that none of you are aware of the fact that we have a brand new British World Champion in Mark Loram. He road all over the world last year in world champion heats against all the best riders from around the world. This was very poorly publicised, as it was in no large newspapers and hardly anybody was made aware of the fact that we have a new world champion. Although speedway is becomi
          ng a lot more popular, it still has a long way to go before it becomes a household name like football.

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          • Americana - Offspring / Music Album / 0 Readings / 62 Ratings
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            'Have you ever been at some place recognising every bodies face?' Well maybe you haven't but Dexter Holland certainly has. The above lyric is from the album Americana from The Offspring that was released on November 19th 1998. It was released by Sony in Columbia and produced by Dave Jerden. Lots of my friends had bought this album and recommended it to me so I thought that I would give it a try. I was not let down and I feel that this is one of the best albums of all time. The album includes the following songs... 01. Welcome 02. Have you ever 03. Staring at the sun 04. Pretty Fly (for a white guy) 05. The kids aren't all right 06. Feelings 07. She's got issues 08. Walla Walla 09. The end of the line 10. No brakes 11. Why don't you get a job 12. Americana 13. Pay the man I bought this album a few months ago, and haven't been able to stop listening to it since. It cost me £13 and I think that it was worth the money and every song is unforgettable and so addictive. The album was very popular and I am sure that most of you will have heard of the song 'Pretty Fly (for a white guy) which got to number one in the British charts. The Offspring are a very popular band all over the world and their style is supposedly meant to be punk although they are not as extreme as some other punk bands. Their music is the kind of music that everybody likes, and I think that this is one of the biggest reasons for their huge popularity. The songs on this album are all excellent. The first song is called ‘Have you ever’. It has a loud bass line and a really good introduction. The song lasts for 3.56 minutes and the words make you think a lot. Lines like “Have you ever walked through a room. But it was more like the room passed around you. Like there was a leash around your neck that pulled you through” make you think about lot
            s of different things and it also sounds quite mysterious. One of The Offspring’s most famous songs has to be “Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)” This song got to number one in the British charts and I think that everybody will have heard of it. Below are the words to the song and I find them to be very true to life. You would think that a punk band would sing about f**k**g donkeys and I have to say that some actually do but the words to all of the Offspring songs are very meaningful and people relate to them. You know it's kind of hard Just to get along today “Why don’t you get a job” is another famous song by The Offspring that is on this album. I am sure that nearly all of you will have heard this song at some point. I am sure that some you will relate to this song. With verses like…. She sits on her ass He works his hands to the bone To give her money every payday But she wants more dinero just to stay at home Well my friend You gotta say I am sure that you ladies out there are now thinking that this song is very unfair and sexist but actually it’s not. The second half of the song is the opposite of the first. With verses like…. My friend's got a boyfriend, man she hates that dick She tells me every day He wants more dinero just to stay at home Well my friend You gotta say The album as a whole is one of the best albums that I have ever bought. I love every song and they all mean something to me. I can relate with them all, and even at first though some of them may sound quite complicated, you will soon understand what they are about. I would recommend this album to anybody that likes alternative music or just to somebody that wants to listen to something other that Steps of Westlife. The Offspring band was formed in 1984 and their band members are Dexter Holland who sings and plays the gui
            tar, Greg K who plays the bass guitar, Noodles who plays the guitar and sings and Ron Welty who plays the drums. Their faces are known all over the world, as is their hair. Dexter Holland (real name Bryan Holland) was born on December 29th 1966 and is married to Kristine Luna. Although you may think that being in a punk band he must be fairly dim and unintelligent you would be wrong. Dexter Holland has a PhD in Molecular Biology and is in fact a very intelligent man. Dexter Holland has bleached hair, which looks very cool, and he is often seen wearing dark shades. Greg Kriesel was born on January 12th 1965 in Glendale, California. He is married and plays the bass guitar in the band. His hobbies are playing golf, camping and collecting hats and he says if you’re at one of his concerts "throw your hat at him" as he will be very grateful. Noodles (real name Kevin Wasserman) was born on February 4th 1963, in Los Angeles, California. He is married and plays the guitar and sings in the band. His hobbies are fishing, snowboarding, surfing and skating and he currently has bright blue spiky hair. Ron Welty who doesn't have a nickname was born on February 1st 1971 and is married. He has year 12 education and plays the drums. He can also play the saxophone and did this in a band at his old school. He has been part of another band for 10 years called Spinning Fish. The Offspring are a great band and I would recommend buying one of their cds.

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            • HMV / Highstreet Shopping / 0 Readings / 69 Ratings
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              I live in Nottingham and in our town centre we have a HMV shop. This is where everybody around goes to get their cds from and this shop is always highly recommended. I don't think that I have ever heard anybody say a bad word about it, as everybody that goes in always seems to come out with something (most of which is paid for). The shop is very large and has a lot of music packed into it. Most of the cds are put well into categories, so if you know exactly what you want you wont have much difficulty in finding it. They have sections like 'Pop and Rock' and 'Rhythm and Blues' etc etc. They also have a section, which has all of the top 40 albums in which makes buying new albums very easy and stress free. Most of the staff there know exactly what they are doing and know where certain music is. If can't find what you are looking for they are always very willing to help and always seem to find what you want for you. They have a lot of staff working at one time, which makes it easy to get help, as you won't be waiting too long for somebody to come along. Like most music shops HMV has a headphone area where you can listen to music of your choice using headphones. The idea of this is to get you to listen to music, find something that you like, and then go and buy the cd that the music is on. This doesn't always work, as I know a lot of people that just go into music shops to listen to the music when they are bored and have no money in town. So they never actually end up buying a cd. I used to use this shop a lot and bought music from it on a weekly basis. It was always the best place to get it from, as it was just so easy to do. But in the last few weeks I have been going elsewhere to get my music. This if for a number of reasons. The music in HMV has been getting more and more expensive over the last couple of years. You can't get a decent album for less then £13, which to me is a lot o
              f money for about 10 songs. Today I went in to HMV to try and by the album called Nimrod by Green day. I thought that it would be about £7, as it is about 7 years old. I went in only to find out that it was £17.99. I thought at first that this was wrong and that they must have put the wrong price on it. I asked an assistant working there and they confirmed that it was priced at nearly £18. I ended up walking out of the shop empty handed which wasn't the first time I had done that in the last few months. So the price is one of the main things that is putting me off at the moment, as I can buy the music I want online for about £5-10 cheaper. I can even buy it from America and still get it cheaper even with the postage and packaging. I feel that this should not be happening, as our country should be competing with other countries a bit more instead of just trying to make large profits. Another thing that is putting me off is the selection of music there. Although they have masses of different cds by different artists. Half of the time they have never even heard of the music that I am looking for. I understand that they can't buy in cds that are not going to sell, but I feel that they should listen more to what their customers want instead of just buying all the music that is in the charts and on Top Of The Pops, as not everybody is interested in this kind of music. Another thing that annoys me greatly with this shop is that it is always so packed out with people. I understand that they are not going to turn people away but sometimes it is almost a health hazard as people are tripping over each other and hardly have room to move. I find it very difficult to have a good hunt for a cd in any HMV shop, as everybody is pushing you out of the way and trying to get in front of you. I always feel very uncomfortable and rushed in this shop and most of the time end up walking out feeling very hot and bothered. Although t
              here are a lot of staff walking around, trying to help and stacking shelves, there are never that many people working at the pay desks. The queues are always very long and it takes a good 10 minutes to get to the front of the them, and even longer to fight through the crowds to actually get out of the shop. Although most of the music is put into categories very well some of it is not. I like alternative music and they always seem to put it into the wrong categories, which makes searching for it very hard. They tend to put half of in Rock and Pop and any old fool could tell that it is so obviously not that, just by looking at the cd case. Although I have a lot of problems with this shop, I still feel that it is probably the best music shop around. If they could sort out some of the small problems then I am sure that they would get so much more business, but I think that they need to sort it out before the Internet takes over!!!!

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              • Ti Heat / Racket Sport / 0 Readings / 40 Ratings
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                I have played tennis for all of my life so I would like to think that I know a lot about tennis and a lot about the equipment that is needed. I have played with a lot of different tennis racquets and have played tennis up to a very high standard representing Nottinghamshire and Ruschcliffe. I have played with the Head Ti Heat on a number of occasions just testing it out to see if it is any good. I currently play with a Head Ti Fire, which is the model up from the Ti Heat but is there really a lot of difference. When I first picked up the Head TI Heat it felt like a very nice racquet. It was not very heavy, as it only weighs 255 grams and felt really well balanced. It felt very similar to the Head Ti Fire but the technology in the racquet was not quite as advanced. It did not have a stock shop system in the handle. This means the racquet does not have a mechanism built in to that helps to cut down the vibrations. This in theory could make the racquet uncomfortable to play with and could cause tennis elbow or wrist problems. This did not put me off playing with the racquet and should not put you off, ass the chances of getting tennis elbow are very very slim. The Head Ti Heat is part of the Head Ti Control range. All of the racquets in this range are meant to have a lot of control, but also have a fair bit of power too. This racquet definitely had this. When first playing with this racquet I found that I didn't get that much feel on the ball, which was very surprising as most of the other head racquets that I had played with felt very nice. I found the racquet head quite hard to control and found that I made quite a few unforced errors on shots that I normally would have no problems in making. Serving was particularly hard, as it lacked a lot of feel and I found it difficult to hit a lot of racquet head speed on the ball. Hitting a lot of topspin was also very difficult. I had soon changed my views on the balance
                of this racquet. Although in my hand it felt very nice, when it came to hitting the tennis ball I found it a bit unbalanced. I thought that it was poorly weighted so that the middle of the racquet was heavier then the rest of it. This meant that my swing was almost lopsided and was making my contact of the ball poor, thus causing me to make silly mistakes. The racquet looks very good and is very stylish. It is red in colour with a silver stripe and is made from titanium and graphite. The racquet is very strong and doesn't scratch of chip easily, which is always very reassuring. It is a racquet, which I would recommend for a young aggressive player that is looking to take their game to a higher level. At £110 this racquet is quite expensive for what it is but I am sure that it will suit a lot of your games. I suggest that before you buy this racquet, you should try it out. Lots of companies have test racquets. Which are racquets especially made for people to take out of shops and have for a week or so to see if it suits their game. Buying the right tennis racquet for you is very important, and if you are not sure about which racquet to buy, then I am sure that there will be lots of people around to help make your decision easier. I would always recommend going to a shop that specialises in tennis equipment as the staff will know exactly what they are talking about and will therefore be very helpful to you, and will give sound advice. Personally I did not like this racquet very much and would not choose to play with it again. What I would say is don't let this opinion put you off. Everybody’s game is different and therefore different racquets will suit different people. This racquet did not suit me but it might suit you. So give this racquet a try and see what you think of it.

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                  My name is Ross Moorlock and I was born with asthma. I am 18 years old and although still quite young have a lot to tell you about my experience of asthma. As soon as I was born it started causing me problems. I was a very ill baby and this was down to asthma. I could never breathe very well and was always fighting for air and for my life. I had new medicines tested on me as a last gasp effort and thankfully I am here today to tell you my story today. It has caused me a lot of problems over the years and the ways things are looking at the moment I will have to spend the rest of my life worrying about it too. An asthma attack is something that I am sure that you have all heard about. I am lucky enough to say that I have had not had one since I was about 12 due to a large amount of medication that I am currently taking. So what exactly is an asthma attack? First of all you become weasy. When you breathe out you always end up coughing and you feel a bit uneasy. Soon you become breathless and struggle to catch your breath. This is very very scary as the only thought that comes into your mind is that you think you are going to die which only makes you panic more just making it worse. The airways start to close more and more and the attack becomes worse. At this point I would be reaching for my blue inhaler as this would help to calm me down and would reassure me. But there will be times when a person is without their inhaler and need help from elsewhere. This is where you can come into it. If you see somebody struggling with their breathing. Try and find out what the problem is. They should be able to put a few sentences together and try and find out as much as you can about the person. This should calm them down, as they will know that somebody is there with them trying to help. Something that always helped me was a glass of water. It just helps to clear the throat and it soothes the throat as well. The most important thi
                  ng is that you keep the person calm. Do anything that you can do this is. Even hold their hand as this helps a lot. It my early years I had regular check ups as my local hospital and spent a lot of time having tests taken. Nobody really knew the cause of my asthma and the medication that I was being given was not doing anything to stop it. As a baby I was put in a machine that was very similar to a large glass jar. It was to see how much air I needed and this was just the start for me of what was going to be a few hard years ahead. My sister was asthmatic too and this meant that my parents had to be very careful with us both and it also put them under a lot of strain. They had to get up a lot in the middle of the night to attend to their children who couldn't stop coughing. Having an asthma attack is the scariest thing that has ever happened to me and it really helps to have somebody there with you. Even though I have now had asthma for 18 years I am still scared of it. To think about what it could to me is very very worrying. It has caused me so many problems so far in my life and I am sure that it still has a few scares to give me. I can remember when I was young I had to do a lot of swimming as this was meant to help asthmatics a lot. I used to go at least twice a week. I also had to go to an asthma clinic, but I didn't really go there that much as they didn't really tell me anything that I didn't already know. I can remember blowing into a lot of peak flow metres to see how much breath I had and for some strange reason I used to really enjoy this. It hasn't really stopped me from doing that many things. As you can see from the opinions in my profile I am a very keen tennis player and play about seven times a week. I always bring my inhaler with me onto court and always take it before I play. Not because I really need to take it half of the time but just because it reassures me a lot. I remember tha
                  t on sports day at school I always had to take it very easy, as there was always the chance of me having an attack. Having asthma is very annoying, as there is nothing that I can do to get rid of it. All I can do is try and control it. I have two inhalers, which I carry around with me every day, and take about ten times a day. It is a bit of a drag having to watch myself all the time, but I just have to try and get on with my life. Having a cold or the flu can cause a lot of problems as it aggravates my asthma. All my teachers at my school were made aware of it so they all knew what to do if I had an attack and they all respected my choices if I wanted to sit out of something if I felt a bit weasy. Hot weather tends to make my asthma worse as the air is very humid and I tend to get hot, sweaty and weasy. My medication is obviously very important to me, as it is now a part of my life. I have it on prescription but when I am out of university I will have to pay for it. I personally think that this is wrong, as asthma is not something that I choose to have, but is something that I have to live with. Why should I have to pay money to give me the same health as everybody else? My friends have always been very good about my asthma and very supportive. I remember mates staying in with me at lunch times to keep me company at school when I was taking my nebulizer. I think that with any illness family and friends are always very important. They give you the fight and power to battle against it and to over come it. Some people are not that nice about people with asthma. I remember some people in my school used to take the piss out of me. They would walk by me and start coughing and pretend to have an asthma attack. It didn't really bother me that much as I knew that it was not my fault and that I didn't choose to have it. In my secondary school the PE teachers never really understood what I was going through. When we had PE I occasionally a
                  sked to sit out because I felt a bit weasy and didn't want to push myself too far. To my surprise the teachers wouldn't let me and made me carry on. I always thought that this was unfair and wrong. The teachers should be made fully aware about what asthma is and respect any decision that a sufferer makes, as they are the ones that know the most about it. At the end of the day, if I could have three wishes. Getting rid of my asthma would not be one of them, as I have come to live with it now, and it is part of my life and taking my inhalers is just part of a normal day for me. I know what to do about my asthma and know how far I can push myself, and I feel as if I am just the same as all of you lot.

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                    Whatever anybody says, bullying is something that is always going to be in schools. Although quite a lot of schools now have anti bullying programmes it still goes on, and no matter what any body tries to do about it, it will still carry on. In the ideal world, bullying would not exist but in our world today thousands of children suffer every day because of these bullies. When I was at school most of the bullies were the people that were popular and they just said things to try and impress their friends. When I was younger I was never really bullied, but I think that every child has little comments made about the clothes that they wear or about their family. Lots of people used to say to me "Your mums fat" and " I take it your mums diet isn't working". At first I used to take it very personally as obviously I loved my mum and I didn't want anybody to say anything bad about her. But in the end I realised that it is more important about what I think and not about what other people say to try and wind me up. As a child there is always a lot of peer pressure. You always have to have the right clothes on and the right trainers on, or else you will have the Mick taken out of you. When I was young I always had sensible footwear like Clarks shoes. Not really by choice but because they would do a good job and would last a long time. I always received a few comments from other people but it didn't really bother me that much at first. After a long time of people making comments towards you it starts to hurt inside and makes you really want to cry. The sad thing is that you know that if you cry the bully will have succeeded and then will probably laugh at you even more. At a young age the pressures of wearing the right clothes is incredible. If you turned up to school wearing a hi-Tec or gola shirt people would be laughing and taking the Mick out of you all day. I had the mick taken out of me a lot because when I
                    was at school I took Food Technology. I was quite a popular member of my year and being male I therefore had the piss taken out of me for quite a long time. Thankfully I took the subject with one of my male friends so it didn't work out too badly, but it is just little things like that, that lead to bullying. My parents were quite strict and you might say a little bit posh too. When I was young I had a side parting forced apon me in my hair. This was not the 'in' thing to do and I was called a lot of names about that. In the end my parents cracked and allowed me to do what I wanted, but by then I had taken a lot of stick. Lack of money in a family is the cause of quite a lot of bullying. If I child turns up to school in scruffy dirty clothes then they will have the Mick taken out of them, even if it is not really the child’s fault. The bully will quickly start calling them names and most of the time other people will soon join in. Bullies always seem to bully people about really personal things. It could be about appearance, or the way somebody talks. I was always called posh because I said words like grass, bath and past in a different way to everybody else. My mum had a word with my teacher about it and my teacher told the whole class about how some people from different parts of England will say words differently and after that I didn't get as many comment. There are a few different types of bullying. There is verbal which is generally name calling and making nasty comments. This can somes times be worse then physical which is obviously people hitting you or making some kind of physical contact with you. At my old school there were certain people that always started off the bullying. They always seemed to be very tall and a lot stronger then everybody else. These were the people that did all the physical bullying. I found that the people that went around calling people names were generally quite intellige
                    nt people. They did it because they could afford all the good clothes and were clever and could easily think of things to say and things to bully people about as they considered themselves to be pretty much perfect. When I was at school I remember there was this little boy called Peter. He was only small and had very white hair and his teeth were pretty messed up so he had a bit of a lisp too. So many people took the Mick out of him just because of this, even though they didn't even know him or know anything about him. At first Peter didn't really show any emotion, but after it had been going on for a while he started to get angry and upset. He was letting the bullies know that they were getting to him. This just made it worse. More people joined in and there was nothing that Peter could do about it. He knew that if he told the teacher he would have received more stick. In this kind of case there really needs to be somebody that a child can talk to in private. I know that in some schools there are bullying councillors but I don't know if these are any good. In my class at school there was this kid called Daniel. He had admitted to the class that he had worms. At first nobody was really sure what to think, but after a few days people starting jumping to conclusions. Everybody thought that if they went near him they would catch it too. If I was being totally honest with you folks I have to admit that I was a part of this and I thought that too. I personally didn't want to go near him just because the thought of it really made me want to be sick. Daniel had to put up with comments for weeks and weeks, which really upset him. He ended up to scared to come to school because of what people might say to him. In the end his mum told a teacher at the school and everybody was spoken to. The fact that he had told on everybody made it worse really. Nobody wanted anything to do withhim because he was a 'snitch'. He was given more stick then he wa
                    s receiving before. The problem for a person that is being bullied is that there is no way that they can get away from all of the comments. They can’t spend their whole lives hiding so in some cases they just take it. There has to be some system that is set up by all schools where a child that is getting bullied feels that there is a way out and somebody there to talk to. There has to be a lot of secrecy involved in this and every conversation that a councillor has to be kept private. In my school I remember when a girl went and spoke to a teacher about what was going on and then the teacher discussed to us about what had been said in front of this girl. I felt that this was not right but there was nothing that I could do about it. There have been a few cases of bullying that I will probably remember for the rest of my life. When I was at school there were not that many fights going on for some reason, so whenever there was a fight everybody would gather round chanting 'fight fight fight'. Obviously this only encouraged the two people to fight even more. It was when the fight was over and you saw the two people walking away bleeding or still lying on the floor that you begin to feel kind of guilty for enjoying what you had just seen. Bullying can make children’s lives misery. Going to school should be something that is enjoyable and not something that you are afraid of. There should really be stricter punishments for bullies. Nowadays in schools a bully will only get a harsh talking to or possibly some form of detention, where he will be kept inside at a lunch time or something like that. If this is the only punishment that a bully receives then it will not put them off. Maybe if everybody was made aware of the fact that it they were caught bullying they would be expelled then less of them would bully their class members in the first place. Most head teachers of schools if asked the question, Do
                    you have any bullying going on in your school? Would say no every time. Not only because they don't want a bad reputation but because they just don’t know about what goes on. When I was at school bullying went on every day, but even a bully isn't stupid enough to call somebody a 'stupid thick fat ginger' in front of a teacher. So half of the time the teachers don’t know what is going on. This is because the children don't trust the teachers enough to tell them, and quite a lot of teachers aren't particularly approachable and don't seem very caring. Something needs to be done about bullying and it needs to be done fast. It is stopping a lot of people from learning at school and obviously it is very important that every child is given the same opportunity of getting a good education. The bullies need to be stopped but how?

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                      I have lived in Nottingham for all of my life in a large Village Keyworth. The Village itself is really good. The facilities of the area are really good. In Keyworth we have four small supermarkets, two chip shops, two Indian takeaways and a restaurant, a Chinese takeaway, pizza hut, butchers, flower shop, funeral service, Estate Agents, leisure centre, tennis, football, cricket and rugby clubs and much more. In a whole the facilities of Nottingham are really great. Nottingham is filled with excellent villages like the one that I live in and there is always so much going on. Almost every village has good sports facilities and a good range of small shops. Housing in Nottingham is very good and of a very high standard. Most of the houses are very well built and have large gardens. Some areas of Nottingham have been given a bad name such as The Meadows. The Meadows is somewhere that you should never go to at night and should never go there by yourself. It is meant to be a really rough area with regular shootings and stabbings but nobody really knows what to believe. The houses in this area are mostly terraced and are fairly old and it is not really a particularly great place to live. Nottingham is very well known for its Town Centre. It has been rated in the top 10 in England and it lives up to its reputation. The shops there are absolutely brilliant. There is such a large range to choose from and you will never come back from town empty handed. It has too mayor shopping centres. Broad marsh is one of them and this is packed full of great shops, ranging from Soccer Sports to Boots and BHS. The other shopping centre is called Victoria Centre and this again is full of really good shops, but is not quite as popular as Broad marsh as it takes longer to walk to it. In an around town you will find a lot to do. You will be amazed at the amount of Fast Food outlets. There are three McDonalds, two Burger Kings, one Wimpy's and many s
                      maller more expensive restaurants. There is Ice Skating, cinemas and bowling which could keep you amused for a day or two. I am sure that you have heard of Nottingham being called Robin Hood country. Well you would be right. This is one of the reasons for why Nottingham is so very popular. Everybody comes here just to be able to say that they have been to Robin Hood Country. It brings in a lot of tourists and also a lot of money to the town. Everybody wants to visit the town where Robin Hood once roamed in. Nottingham also has two football teams. I was going to say two good football teams but changed my mind quickly when I actually thought about it. Nottingham Forest is by far the best out of the two. They are currently 7th in the First Division, which is very disappointing considering only about 6 years ago they came 3rd in the Premiership. They have had a lot of bad luck due to injuries and money problems and under the new management of David Platt are just about getting themselves back on track. They have an excellent youth team who contend with the likes of the Manchester United youth team, so Nottingham forest are a team for the future. Notts County is the other football team. They were the first real football team created. They used to be in the First Division but then in two years slumped to an all time low when they got relegated into the third division. They soon bounced back and are currently just outside the play off positions in the second division. They are building up a very good squad now and are getting good crowds to their matches Nottingham Forest is the most popular team out of the two as they are known more worldwide and have a large number of fans in France and Germany for some strange unknown reason. Nottingham Forest, previous winners of the Fa Cup and of Europe slumped to an all time biggest defeat two seasons ago when they lost to Manchester United 8-1 at the city ground
                      itself. Nottingham also has a great Tennis Centre. It has some of the best facilities in the UK and holds the Notts open tennis tournament every year. It is very popular and has county squads there being coached by the finest professional coaches around. It has excellent outdoor and indoor courts and a very good gym. Nottingham is also home to the Queens Medical centre. This is a very good and very large hospital again with very good facilities. Most of the villages in Nottingham have very good bus routes that run on time and are generally very very reliable. Nottingham is a very good place to live. It has countryside near by and also has a very good town centre. Housing is very good and residents friendly and welcoming. The university of Nottingham is very good and there are lots of jobs about. Schools in Nottingham are of a high standard with teachers being very good a well qualified. Schools get good results and are very clean, tidy and friendly. I would say that Nottingham is the place to be. You will never be bored during the day and it also has a great nightlife with lots of pubs, restaurants and clubs. So if you are thinking about coming to Nottingham, I suggest that you do.

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                        I am sure that all of you are thinking that tennis is a very easy game. I mean come on; all you have to do is hit a ball over the net with a big bat thing. Well, yes, that maybe the case, but if you want to become a good tennis player then there is a lot more that you have to learn. There are lots of different shots in tennis but some of them are quite similar. The forehand and backhand shots are fairly similar. The forehand is played out to the side of you and the backhand is played across the body. I have been playing tennis now for years. I have represented by county (Nottingham) and Rushcliffe and am currently playing in a performance squad. I am going to try and give you some basis tips on how to get your tennis shots working well. Forehand --------- This is probably the easiest shot in tennis. You need to get yourself positioned well, and make sure that the ball is out to the side of you. This is the hard bit coming up. You need to get your racquet back low to the ground, and swing your racquet from low to high. You should be aiming to hit the ball when it is between knee and waist height, as this makes timing the ball a lot easier and it is generally more comfortable to play the shot. That is what I would call a very basic forehand. If you are feeling confident with that then the next stage is to try and hit topspin on the ball. Coaches never taught topspin until about 20 years ago so quite a lot of middle-aged club players tend to hit a lot of dodgy slice spin on the ball which is ok I guess, but the ball is hard to control. The idea of topspin is that you should be brushing up the back of the ball. Again, you start your racquet low and go from low to high. You should not be making too much contact on the ball. You may find it easier to practice this shot from the service line and get somebody to hand feed you the ball. It just allows you to get used to the shot and the timing of the ball.
                        When you play a topspin shot you should give the ball a lot of height over the net. Topspin makes the ball dip a lot, so if you hit the ball so it was only just scraping over the net it would bounce short and allow your opponent to have an easy put away. If you are having problems understanding the technique of a shot then just watch some tennis on the TV. When I was young I always used to have my eyes glued to the screen and I would watch carefully to see the techniques that they were using. Then the next time that I went up to my tennis club I would try them out. Backhand --------- This is generally a player’s weakest groundstroke. When you are young and just starting tennis the forehand is always a more natural shot to play, so you just hit more forehands then backhands and the forehand becomes a much better and more controlled shot. When you cut the backhand down into little stages it is not a hard shot at all. I would always recommend starting with two hands on the grip. Make sure that you hands are just touching, but not overlapping. If you are right handed then when hitting a backhand you should have your right hand on the bottom of your racquet and your left hand just above it. You then put your racquet out to the left with your right arm going across your body. Similarly to the forehand you start the racquet head low to the ground and then hitting the ball between knee and waist height, swing the racquet from low to high. If you want to hit topspin then like the forehand you should be brushing up the back of the ball. You can always tell when you hit topspin because you can feel it on your racquet. The contact is not too hard and it makes more of a clicking kind of noise. When hitting a backhand with two hands you will find that you get a lot more support. Recently I tried to hit a single hand backhand for a while, only to find that unfortunately my wrist didn't feel str
                        ong enough to generate enough power. The volleys are a bit more complicated then some people may think. Most tennis players that haven't been coached tend to swing at the ball. For those of you who don't know what a volley is (duh) then it is when you hit the tennis ball without it bouncing. This shot is generally played in at the net, as it is easier to hit down on the ball and create more of an angle. When you hit the volley on both forehand and backhand you should not take your racquet back behind you too much. The action that you should be making is very similar to a punching action. Like hammering a nail in. Don't swing at the ball, as you will end up hitting the ball behind you and it will end up going miles out. However hard the ball is coming at you, you need to make sure that your weight is going forwards into the ball. This will help with the timing and the ball will have a lot more power on it. If you keep on missing the ball then you need to watch it more carefully. Here comes one of my intelligent tips. If you are in at the net and the ball is hit to you and it is higher then the height of the net, you should hit your volley cross-court and try and create an angle. But if the ball is lower then the net there are two shots you can play. You can play a drop shot of just chip the ball down the line. The smash is a very important shot in tennis. Some coaches tend to take this shot for granted and never coach it until the player is a bit older. If you are very small but still a keen tennis player you should listen to this very carefully. I was small when I first started playing and whenever I would approach the net I would get lobbed. The ball would fly straight over my head and land on the base line every time. There really wasn't anything I could do about it. This made me almost scared of coming into the net, because I knew that I was going to get lobbed. But in be scared of c
                        oming into the net I never got to practice my volleys so at one point they got a bit weak. The smash is very similar to the serve. It should be similar to a throwing action. When you see that somebody is trying to lob you, you should get you racquet back early behind your head. Here’s a tip for you. Using your opposite hand (not your hand that is on the racquet), you should point at the ball as it comes towards you, as this will help you to time the ball and hit it cleanly. You can take more of a swing on the smash. It is better to try and hit length on it, although most professionals hit it into the ground before the service line. They do this because they have immaculate timing and know exactly what they want to do. Remember that on a smash, generally you should be hitting the ball into the ground and not hitting up on the ball. When I get time I will add the serve to this opinion, but that can be very complicated. I could have gone into much more detail with any of the above shots, so if you have any questions about them, please leave a comment and I will answer them as quickly as I can.

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                          When playing tennis you would think that all you have to have is a decent tennis racquet and a ball. Well you would almost be right thinking that but you also have to have a decent pair of trainers on your feet. Lots of different companies make trainers especially for tennis so you have quite a lot to choose from. Tennis trainers are a little bit different to your everyday fashion trainers because they have reinforced toes and better grip. Most tennis players now drag their feet behind them when they play their groundstrokes. It is not that they are taught to do it, it is just a natural thing to do to get more balance and to get into better position to hit the ball. If you played tennis with a pair of trainers that were cheap and didn't have a reinforced toe then you would make a whole in the end of them quite quickly. The toes are reinforced with rubber most of the time, as this is hard and durable, and it is very reassuring to know that when you are playing you are not destroying your trainers at the same time. Tennis is not just about hitting the ball. A big part of the game is movement and footwork. This is why tennis trainers need to have very good soles, allowing a player to move easily and quickly round a court. Not trusting your trainers is very bad. You need to know that when you move you are not going to slip over. Trainers can be made for different court types. You can get trainers that are made for indoor courts. These trainers are very rubbery and have a lot of grip and last for a long time. Trainers with soles that are harder are generaly for outdoor surfaces as they last longer and get better grip. Tennis trainers range a lot in price, from about £20 up to about £100. It is all to do with the make, design and the quality of the trainer. If you have a trainer made by Hi-Tec the quality would not be that good, but the price would be very low. If you wanted a top quality Nike pair then they would
                          be very comfortable, would last a long time, but would also cost you quite a bit. I used to play with a man that used to buy very cheap trainers. He would go through a pair a fortnight but it worked out cheaper for him that way. He tried to impress us with it but we knew that his trainers were killing his feet. The choice is really yours. It depends on how much money you have got and on how keen you are about tennis. If you play tennis at least three times a week then I would suggest getting a fairly expensive pair, but if you are only playing once a month then there is no point of getting an expensive pair. There are quite a few different makes about. Makes like Wilson and Head are always very reliable but the trainers aren't that flashy. They are plain and basic but do the job very well. For a very basic pair of Head trainers you would have to pay about £20 but for a pair, which will last you, a lot longer we are talking about £60. Companies like Nike and Adidas make very good tennis trainers. They have top designs and they are always very comfortable. Nike in particular makes a very comfortable shoe but you do have to pay a lot or them. You wont get a decent pair of Adidas or Nike trainers for less then £40. I recently just bought a pair of Adidas tennis trainers. My last pair of Nike ones were completely worn out and ended up with holes in the toes so I was in desperate need of a new pair. I ordered a few brochures from online companies and looked around a bit because I wanted something a bit different but something that would last. In the end I decided on a pair called Adidas Hypnotise. In the brochure they looked very 'snazzy' and were kind of stylish. They are bright blue and white and are very light. They cost me £70. Although this sounds a lot, these trainers will last me for about six months so I think that it was money well spent. After playing with them a few times I fi
                          nd them to be very lightweight and very comfortable, as they are well cushioned. They are really easy to move about in and they make running for wide shots and drop shots a lot easier. I would recommend these trainers to the aggressive player, as that is whom they are designed for. <br>When you are buying your tennis trainers there are a few things that you need to look out for. Make sure that the trainer fits very tight to your foot and that your foot does not move in the trainer. Movement in a trainer can cause ankle problems and a lot of pain. Make sure that the trainer is not to heavy, as it is important that it is light, so that movement is easy. You need to make sure that it won't rub. Playing tennis is hard enough without having to worry about blisters the size of tennis balls on your feet. Although it may look very fashionable not to tie your trainers properly, but in tennis it is very important that you do tie them well. This stops the foot moving about in the shoe and again stops ankle injuries. Check the shoe to make sure that it has reinforced toes, as there is nothing worse then paying a lot of money for something that you are going to destroy within a few weeks. Remember that a tennis trainer not a fashion item it is a crucial piece of equipment. Your pair of trainers does not have to be stylish and does not have to be fashionable. It is important to remember that as long as it does the job it is good enough. I hope that I have helped you and given you a rough guide about buying tennis trainers and about tennis trainers in general. If you have any questions please leave a comment and I will answer it as soon as possible.

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                            There are a lot of tennis clubs in and around Nottingham and all of them are very good and have very good facilities. In this opinion I am going to tell you about some of them and hope to help you if you are a keen tennis player in the area. Keyworth tennis club is an excellent club. It is based in a large village in Nottingham and has excellent facilities. It has four Macadam courts, which is a very hard all weather surface. The courts have recently been resurfaced and are in very goods condition. Two of the courts have recently have floodlights added to them due to lottery funding. The courts are situated in a very nice area with a children’s playing park behind. The wind does not cause much of a problem, but the sun can be fairly annoying at times. The club has a lot of members. The good thing is that there are a lot of juniors at the club so the club at the moment has a good future. They have a county coach at the club who is a very highly rated coach and player and have two other coaches that work there for about six hours a week. Me being one of them. As the club has a lot of juniors it also has a lot of potential. The quality of the juniors is very high and they range from 6-18 in age. Keyworth Tennis Club has a number of teams. They have three men’s teams. Men’s 1st, 2nd and 3rd and these teams do very well in the leagues. Especially the 1st team. They have won 4/4 matches this yeah and are going to get promoted. We also have two ladies teams. Ladies 1st and ladies 2nd. These teams do very well in the leagues and have a number of good players playing for them. Keyworth also has three mixed teams, which do well too. Quite a few juniors play in the teams and this is very good experience for them. Recently the club had a bit of trouble getting a full team out for each of the team but then juniors have come to the rescue putting in some excellent performances and keeping the club g
                            oing. If you want to find out more about Keyworth Tennis club then go to... www.keyworth-tennis.co.uk. They are one of the first clubs in Nottingham to get a website, so they have one up on a lot of clubs. ;) The tennis club has a good clubhouse, with chairs, a bar, changing rooms fully equipped with showers and toilets and a pool table. The club has a good social side and everybody knows each other, which helps to create a friendly atmosphere. I play at this club about 5 times a week as the facilities are very good and the membership price is one of the lowest in Nottingham. Nottingham is very lucky to have so many tennis clubs. They literally have hundreds and all of them are excellently equipped and have teams playing in the Nottingham leagues. The best facility for tennis in Nottingham has to be the tennis centre. The Notts open is held here and the facilities are truly great. They have nineteen outdoor courts and have eight indoor courts. The courts are excellent and are really good to play on. The tennis centre is very well run and is open to the public. I play there at least once a week in a performance squad and highly recommend it. It is located very near to the Nottingham University on a road called University Boulevard. You can't really miss it as it has the biggest sign possible in the shape of a tennis ball. The staff there are really nice and very helpful and always seem to know what they are doing. The coaching staff there is excellent and county squads are held there every day. They hold coaching sessions for children of all ages from 5-18 and these are very good. They have a canteen, bar and a pool table. The sports shop edge is also there and this specialises in tennis equipment and is of a very high quality. The tennis centre has three floors. The second floor allows you to go up behind the indoor courts and has a viewing box for each court. This is very good
                            when you want to cheer along friends and family members. On the third floor is a gym and aerobic classes are also held here. The gym is very well equipped and always welcomes new members. The good thing about the tennis centre is that they have a crèche there. So if you want to play tennis but cant get anybody to look after the kids you can just bring them along with you. The tennis centre is a great place to play at and there a number of tournaments held there each year for adults and juniors. These are always very well organised and are very enjoyable. If you don't want to have the hassle of paying a membership fee for a club then the tennis centre is a great place to go to but the cost of the courts can end up being quite a lot in the long run. There are hundred of other tennis clubs that I could talk to you about, but I am only going to mention one more. This club is at West Bridgford. Recently after a large lottery grant, West Bridgford tennis club have had a large indoor facility built. There are only two courts in the building but a number of outside courts surround it. The facilities are excellent and the clubhouse is really nice and welcoming. It has a very good bar and the club also has a highly rated tennis coach. This club produces a lot of county tennis players, and this is all down to the courts being so good and the coaching being of a high standard. This club is run more as a business then Keyworth tennis club and it lacks a social side. It all depends on what you want from your club, as to which one you would choose to go to. I wanted to play tennis with people that I knew and with people that I see on a regular basis. If you also want to do that then I would go to a club like Keyworth. If you want to play a very high level on tennis but not socialise then you should go to a club like West Bridgford. The membership prices for tennis clubs vary quite a bit. To
                            join a club like Keyworth for a years membership you would have to pay £70 if you are an adult, about £30 for an intermediate and £10 if you are 10 or under. Like I said earlier these prices are some of the best in Nottingham. To join a club like West Bridgford you would have to pay a lot more then this. If you are interested in playing at the tennis centre then to book an inside court for an hour it would cost you £9. To book outside is about £5. At most clubs they do a one-day membership deal, which means you pay a fee to use the facilities for a day. At Keyworth this fee is only £2. I could go on for hours about the tennis clubs in Nottingham as I have played at a large number of them. So if anybody has any questions just leave me a comment and I will answer them as soon as I can.

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                            • Carlton Ware / Highstreet Shopping / 2 Readings / 61 Ratings
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                              I am sure that all of you are wondering what exactly Carlton Ware is. Well if you had asked me what it was ten years ago I would have probably laughed in your face, because I just wouldn't have had a clue. I am going to try and explain to you in as much detail as possible what Carlton Ware is and I hope that you enjoy my opinion. Carlton Ware was established in 1890 at the Carlton works, in Stoke on Trent. Originally it was called Wiltshaw and Robinson, due to the two owners being called James Frederick Wiltshaw and H.T Robinson. The firm changed its name to Carlton Ware in 1893 and this became the factories trade name in the next year. Carlton Ware made china and were to become very popular. In 1911 the partnership ended and James Wiltshaw became the owner and had no other partner. When he died in 1918, his son Frederick took over the company. Lustre wares were made in twelve different colours and this was one of the main things that the factory produced in the 1920s. Vases, ginger jars, bowls, pots, and dishes were made in classic designs and were decorated with patterns in the Egyptian, Persian, Byzantine, Aztec, Japanese, Chinese, Turkish and art deco styles. This was only the start of what was to become a world famous name and factory. Carlton Ware went on to make many different designs and styles. They made toast racks and cruets and these were very sort after in the mid 20th century. Although Carlton Ware was a very strong and popular company in 1980 it was hit like many other firms by the recession. It was bought up by a firm called Grosvenor Ceramic Hardware in 1990 but never went on to create such quality items as it had a few decades before. In 1992 the factory finally closed down. Now Carlton Ware is more sort after then ever before. Collectors all over the world go to auctions and antiques fairs to buy items made by this great firm. I am a Co
                              llector and have been for many years now. The prices are shooting up and items are becoming rarer to find. One of the most popular ranges is the floral range. Flowers such as Foxglove, Apple Blossom, Primrose and Buttercups are some of the most collected items made by Carlton ware. Items such as Toast racks, cruets, plates, dishes, preserve pots, jugs, cups, teapots can range in price from about £15 up to about £250. The items are beautiful and are made very well by trained potters. So many different ranges were made by Carlton ware. A range that they made in the late 1960's has become particularly popular. This range was the fruit range. They made cruets that were made up of a pair salt, lemon pepper, apple mustard pot and the base was a banana. It is items like this that are going up in price and are costing now about £35. Being a very keen collector I go to a lot of fairs and auctions trying to look for the items that I want for my collection. I never buy items that are damaged as this decreases the value. You have to be very careful when buying antiques, as there are a lot of reproductions going about and people trying to rip you off. Some items that have been chipped have been very cleverly restored and as a collector you have to keep your eyes open and always expect the worst of a seller. Some sellers are very honest and will tell you when an item is chipped, cracked or restored, but there are a lot more sellers now that are not so kind. How to tell when an item is cracked ------------------------------------ First of all check the item with your eyes. It is the easiest way to see any obvious cracks. Run you fingers along the edges and if it is all-smooth then it should be all right. If you are having doubts about the condition on the piece then try the ping test. Hold the piece careful and flock the side with a fingernail. It should ping clearly. If the result is a thuddin
                              g noise, then have a closer look, or just put the item down and walk away. Should you buy something that has been -------------------------------------- restored or is damaged? ------------------------ There is always going to be an antique that you will just fall in love with. But what do you do if the piece is damaged? Well there are a few things that you have to take into consideration. Firstly you have to see just how badly it is damaged. If it is really obvious damage and it takes away from the beauty of the piece then I would not bother. But if the damage is not that obvious and the item is fairly cheap then, yes you should buy it. It is really up to you as well. If you like it and want it don't be put off by the damage but remember that it won’t be worth as much as it would have been if it were in perfect condition. It is very easy to tell how old a piece of Carlton Ware is. Carlton ware always stamped the back of their items very clearly. They had a number of stamps and each stamp was used at a different time. So if I saw a piece of Carlton Ware that had a Carton Ware script mark on I would know that this item was made around 1925. It is interesting to see how much antiques in general are going up in price. So many more people are collecting them now and the big difference is that not all of them are old. There is a much bigger age range now and I can see more and more collectors joining in soon. Auctions are becoming a lot more popular and antique fairs are getting a bit more crowded. If you are interested in antiques but don't know where to start. Then just search on the Internet for antiques fairs around you and take a look round one. There are so many antique fairs that are going on now. It is very hard to believe just how many there are. Every day there are literally hundreds all over the country. So you will have no problem finding one that is close
                              to where you live. Some you will find are not very good quality and are full of junk but some are excellent. In general I would recommend going to fairs that have more stalls, as there is more chance of you finding what you are looking for, but really it is up to you where you go. I hope that I have taught you a bit about Carlton Ware, as I have been collecting Carlton Ware cruets now for a long time. I have about 50 in my collection ranging from £15 to £120. I also collect the fruit ranges too. I get a lot of pleasure out of collecting, and I am sure that you would too. So give it a try!! I could have written in a lot more detail about Carlton Ware, so if anybody has any question about it don't hesitate to ask me.

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                                When somebody mentions the word Wilson to me, I immediately think of tennis. Wilson is the biggest are most popular tennis brand in the world. They have created the best racquets for years now, and many professional players use their equipment. The quality of their racquets has always been excellent and they are always so highly recommended. They seem to be a long way ahead of the other makers because of great designs and technology. When I was younger I always wanted to have a Wilson racquet, so that I could show it off to my friends. It was just the thing to have. What is Rollers Technology? ---------------------------- The rollers are found on racquets and take the place of the grommets in the racquet head. On your racquet you can find the grommets where the string goes into the racquet. They are generally little circles made from plastic and make the racquet easy to restring and keeps the strings in place. Grommets tend to become a bit loose after the racquet is a few months old and tend to move about and create a very annoying rattling sound when you are hitting a shot. This new technology by Wilson will stop this from happening, as the rollers are built in as part of the racquet. They also allow the strings to move freely in a pulley action to enhance control and feel on the ball. The Wilson racquets vary a lot and they have made different racquets to suit different styles of the game. They make some racquets that are very powerful and make other racquets that are not so powerful but are good for control on the ball. Their racquets vary a bit in length and in weight. The longer the racquet the more powerful it is and generally the heavier the racquet the more powerful it is. For 2001 Wilson have introduced a new range of Pro Staff racquets called the Pro Staff Halo series. Each frame contains a material called Halo, which is meant to provide outstanding benefits to the player. I have played with a few of th
                                ese racquets and find them to be fairly good. Pro Staff Kevlar ---------------- This racquet contains a material called Kevlar Halo. It helps to build up more power and greater comfort on the ball. This racquet weighs 280g, which is a little bit over your average weight for a tennis racquet and you do notice this when playing with it. Although the racquet only has a head size of 95 sq” I found it to be very head heavy. This is probably because I play with a light racquet but playing with this racquet for too long would definitely hurt my wrist. I would recommend this racquet to somebody that has previously played with a fairly heavy racquet. It is quite powerful so maybe would benefit the older players game more. It would cost you about £119.99, which is quite a good price for a racquet of this quality. Pro Staff Graphite ------------------- This racquet is made out of Graphite Halo and has a very strong frame. They frame does not bend and therefore no power is lost on impact with the ball. The head size is 103sq" which is not that big, but this racquet generates a lot of power. Due to the under average head size the sweet spot on the racquet is not going to be that big, so I would recommend this racquet to a good timer of the ball and to somebody that needs to liven up their game with a bit more power and aggression. This racquet weighs 265g, which is not to heavy, but is heavy enough to make it fairly powerful. This racquet costs £109.99, and would make a very nice buy. Pro Staff Titanium ------------------- This racquet is quite lightweight at 253g. This is because it is made out of titanium, which makes it easy to control but yet has a lot of power in the head. This is a very nice racquet and would suit most games. The head is 103 sq" in size and again has a fairly small sweet spot. The power in the racquet should make up for this but I would test this racquet out before you buy it
                                , just to make sure that it is not too powerful for you. This racquet would cost you £99.99, which I feel is a very good buy and I highly recommending this racquet. Hyper Carbon ------------ Hyper Carbon is a new material that racquets by Wilson are now being made out of. It is a space age material produced exclusively for Wilson by the number one carbon fibre supplier in the world. Hyper Carbon is four times stiffer and four times stronger and sixty-five percent lighter than titanium. This is a big breakthrough for Wilson and their Hyper Carbon range has proved to be a big success and is truly excellent. Each of their racquets is given a power rating. The lower the rating the more powerful the racquet is. The lowest they go at the moment is 2.3. Hyper Hammer 2.3 ----------------- This racquet has to be the most powerful out of all the Wilson racquets. It rates along side the Head TiS8. The head size is 110 sq",which is about the average head size for a racquet. It is 26inches long, which is a little bit longer, then your average racquet. Some people say that racquets like this are 'women’s' racquets, as they are more powerful, but it is a unisex racquet and I know a few male people that play with them. It is made out of Hyper Carbon and Graphite and weighs 219g. This is very light for a tennis racquet. So be careful in a gust of wind, as the head may become difficult to control. I would recommend this racquet to players that really want to try something different. If you are bored with your game and what that little something extra then this racquet is for you. The price of £199.99 may put you off though. Hyper Hammer 4.3 ---------------- This racquet is a little less powerful then the one above but still has a lot of oomph to it. The head size is 103 sq" which is a little bit small. The power in the racquet makes up for the small sweet spot and allows the player to re
                                ally thump the ball hard. It is made out of Hyper Carbon and Graphite and again is very light at a weight of 225g. It is a well-balanced racquet, but lacks a bit of feeling and control on the ball. I would recommend this racquet to the same kind of player as above. They need to hit a fair bit of topspin on the ball to be able to control the power, but again the price of £189.99 might put you off a bit. Hyper Hammer 5.3 ---------------- This racquet is not as powerful as the one above and when hitting the ball you will get a lot more feel and control. The head size is 110 sq" and the weight is 250g. The extra weight has been added to give it a bit more power to go with the control, as nobody wants a racquet that only allows them to tap the ball over the net. This racquet like the previous two is made out of hyper Carbon and Graphite and is a very nice racquet. I would recommend this racquet to somebody that already hits a tennis ball quite hard. This racquet is for a player that likes a lot of feel on the ball. It would cost you £179.99, which again is a lot of money to spend on a racquet. Hyper Hammer 6.3 ----------------- This is my favourite Wilson racquet. It has the perfect contrast of power and control. It weighs 250g and feels really nice. It has a perfect balance and again is made from Hyper Carbon and Graphite. The head size is 110sq" and it has a nice sweet spot. It is really easy to time the ball with this racquet and it is for building up racquet head speed. This racquet is suited to a young aggressive game and for a person that hits a lot of topspin and power. It would cost you £149.99 and I would highly recommend this racquet to you all. Hyper Pro Staff 5.0 -------------------- This is a nice racquet from Wilson and has a nice contrast of power and control. It weighs in at 331g and a lot of you will find this racquet way to heavy to play with. I personally could not play wi
                                th a racquet like this and I would definitely not recommend anybody that plays with a light racquet to change to a racquet with this sort of weight. Not only will it affect your game, it will affect your health. You may end up with tennis elbow and possibly a damaged wrist. The head size on this racquet is 95 sq" which is fairly small. I would have to recommend this racquet to the older tennis player and to somebody that already plays with a heavy racquet. It would cost you £159.99 and I do not rate this racquet highly. Hyper Pro Staff 6.5 ------------------- This racquet is pretty much based around control although it does have a fair bit of power. It has a low power rating and is made from Hyper Carbon and Graphite. The head size is 95 sq" and the sweet spot is small. It weighs 281g, which is a little over average. I would recommend this racquet to somebody who likes a lot of feel on the ball and to somebody that is happy with their game the way it is. I can't see this racquet improving many peoples game but I can see it making you more comfortable hitting the ball. This racquet would cost you £129.99 and would be a good buy at that kind of price. Hyper Hammer 7.3 ----------------- This racquet is all about control and feel on the ball. It is a very nice racquet but definitely does lack power. It weighs in at 265g but when hitting the ball you will feel the need for more power. The head size is 110 sq " and the sweet spot is fairly big. This racquet is suited to somebody that is happy in their game and not looking to make drastic changes. It would cost you around £99.99, which is a very good price. Hyper Hammer 26 ---------------- This is a junior racquet and is therefore only 26 inches long. It is meant to be a replica of the hyper hammer 6.3 but it obviously that little bit smaller. It has a fair bit of power in the frame but is also very good for control. This racq
                                uet would help a lot of junior games and I would recommend it to all young players. It weighs 255g and any junior is strong enough to handle this kind of weight. At £99.99 this is an expensive junior racquet but it will improve their games very quickly. I highly recommend this racquet. As well as making racquets, Wilson make a number of different racquet bags. They do them in red and blue and they are very stylish and classy. Hyper Range ------------ These are a bit boring actually and are not the best racquet bag from Wilson. These racquet bags attract the older buyer and would cost about £30 depending on the size. Classic Range ------------- These racquet bags are very nice indeed. They are a classy blue colour and have a big Wilson logo running down the side. I recommend these, as they have a lot of space and a very comfortable strap. They cost about £30 depending on the size. Tour Range ----------- These racquet bags are identical to the ones above but are a bright red colour. I recommend these again for the same reasons above and they have very nice compartments for your tennis gear, such as racquet, ball, and drink flask areas. These cost from about £30 again depending on size. Wilson also make a few pairs of trainers. These trainers are specially designed for tennis and have reinforced toes and extra thick tread. DST Mens Tennis ----------------- This pair of trainers is quite heavy vut they are very sturdy and very grippy. They are blue and white and have reinforced toes. They are not the most comfortable pair of trainers ever but they do a very good job. They would cost you around £70, but i guarentee you that they will last you well over six months. Sensation DST -------------- This is a very nice pair of trainers. THey look very good, with dark blue stripes down the sides. They have the wilson W on them and the
                                y look more stylish then any other wilson trainer. Again they have a reinforced toe and the grip on them is very good. They would cost you £79.99 but these are a new range and will go down in price soon. Si I would leave it a while until you buy this pair of trainers. DST 02 -------- This pair of trainers is very boring. Well in my opinion anyway. They are mostly white with a bit of blue around the back. They are quite a straight pair of trainers and therefore are not the most comfortable pair in the world. They have a reinforced toe and would cost you around the £69.99 mark, which I think is a lot for this pair of trainers. Mens Extreme Tennis 3 ---------------------- This is a very nice pair of trainers from wilson. They are mainly white but the reinforced toe is a bright blue and they have two stripes running for the toe to the back which are again a nice blue colour. They look very stylish and perform well. They fit close in around the foot creating little movement so you won't injure your ankles. They are quite light and are very easy to move about it. They will last you at least six months and they only cosy you £49.99. I highly recommend this pair of trainers to you. I know that some of the items above seem to be quite expensive. This is because they have only just brought out their new range. I would suggest that you wait a few months before you buy any of these items, as I am sure that they will go down in price. I hope that I have helped in giving you a guide to Wilson tennis racquets. If you have any questions on any of the items then I am willing to help you. So please leave a comment and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

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                                  I have been playing tennis now for what feels like a lifetime. Tennis is a pretty big part of my life and I play at least six times a week. I have reached a high standard so my choice of equipment is a very difficult and important decision for me to make. Choosing a new racquet was a decision that I decided I would make just over a year ago. Up until then I had been playing tennis with a Head Electra tennis racquet. This racquet was bright red, had a really big chunky frame and was very very powerful. I wanted a change. I thought that it would be easy looking for a new racquet but there were just so many to choose from, it was a lot harder then I had imagined. I had to find a racquet that suited my aggressive game. I have been coached to hit a lot of topspin but to also hit a lot of power on the ball, so it was important that I got a racquet that was fairly powerful and that also has a lot of control. I spoke to my tennis coach about the kind of thing that I was looking for. He recommended that I should get a few racquets out on test. I decided that I would try a few different makes and see if there were any differences between them. After trying a Wilson Hyper Hammer 6.3 I decided that was a very nice racquet. I knew that my brother and a few other people at my club were interested in this racquet and in the end thought that I could find something that suited my game more. I had a Head Ti Fire recommended to me. Straight away I knew this racquet was for me. The balance on it was perfect and it felt great. The contrast of power and control was excellent and really suited my game. Using this racquet I could increase my racquet head speed, as it was a much lighter racquet then my previous one. The head size of it is 660sq cm, which is a pretty average size. It has a large sweet spot allowing me to hit better and cleaner shots. It has a shock stop mechanism in the handle, which stops the vibrations. This stops the
                                  possibility of getting tennis elbow, so it is a very reassuring thing to have. The racquet also has an anti-torsion bar on it, which stops the frame from bending and snapping. The racquet is made from Titanium and Graphite, which are both very strong but also remarkably light. My racquet weighs 255g and the head of it is really easy to control. I tend to break a lot of strings due to the amount of topspin I hit on the ball. I am always worried about the pressure that is put on the frame when it is being restrung. Luckily the anti-torsion bar stops the pressure that is being put on the frame. When the racquet was first brought out it would have cost you £180 but since then, due to a very competitive market the price has been lowered to £130 but it can be bought for less at mail order places. It is black, silver and yellow in colour and looks very good. When you are buying your tennis racquet make sure that the grip is the right size for you. It is very awkward playing with a racquet that you can't even fit your hand round the grip properly. The racquet comes with a good cover with strap so you can easily carry your racquet around. Playing such an aggressive game means that my racquet is going to get battered about a bit. It does not chip easily and does not scratch badly. Thankfully I was not born with a temper so I have never tested the racquet on throwability. (yet) But I am sure that it could withstand that too. I wouldn't recommend this racquet to a person just starting out in the game, because it is a lot of money to spend just for something that may well be shoved in the cupboard under the stairs after about a month. This racquet is for the younger player but I suggest that before you buy it make sure that you have a go with one first, as you don't want to be stuck with a £130 racquet that you don't want. This racquet can be bought in a number of places. I would reco
                                  mmend that you should go to a place that specialises in tennis, so that they can sort you out with the right grip size. I have found that this racquet has really helped my game. It has allowed me to hit more power and spin on the ball but also with more control. Not many tennis racquets can do this. Most are either really powerful but impossible to control, or underpowered but really easy to control. I have just bought a second Head Ti fire for £50 on www.ebay.co.uk. This was very cheap and i couldn't turn it down. I recommend this racquet to anybody but please please make sure it suits your game before you spend the money.

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