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Old 03-08-2011, 10:53 PM   #91
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Doubt there would be a company in Ireland capable of laying clay indoors. Probably too expensive and messy even if there was. Niland doesn't like clay anyway.
former irish pro scott barron's dad built riverview...simply because he could... even laid clay courts out the back... again, because he could... that's what it takes i guess... there is also 2 x green clay at fitz... outside of that, that have playable clay courts in tipperary that host the irish national claycourt championships and i've been threatening to go down one of these years...
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Old 03-11-2011, 03:05 PM   #92
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It's slim pickings really. Sooner we tear up a fair whack of the aritificial grass courts around the country and set up a decent clay (or artificial clay) infrastructure the better.

In Mullingar wel have 4 artificial grass counts and 4 slow, high bouncing hardcourts. Of course most of the clowns there want to tear up the hardcourts and put down 4 more artificial grass ones because they're easier on geriatric joints.

With the new committee there now it wouldn't surprise me if it happens. They are just oblivious to what's best for developing juniors. Not that they'd care anyway
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a bit on indian wells non-coverage:

http://shanktennis.com/2011/03/11/in...rage-nonsense/
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Week 10 in tweets

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Shankwatch Ireland week 11

http://shanktennis.com/2011/03/21/sh...eland-week-11/

Monday ranking report

http://shanktennis.com/2011/03/22/mo...port-21032011/

week in tweets will have to wait. I am tired and possibly clinging on to the last vestiges of yesterday's hangover
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new week in tweets

http://shanktennis.com/2011/03/28/th...-12-and-a-bit/

and shankwatch ireland

http://shanktennis.com/2011/03/28/sh...eland-week-12/
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hey man... why do you say 'USTA finally realising the benefits of clay? It's taken them long enough' on your twitter...? i missed something i think...

and... good thing the bitterness levels going up... nothing like raw, emotive commentary from gamblers... turns harshness level up a coupla notches... much better for the audience...

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they're changing the orange bowl to clay.

few quotes from p-mac about benefits of clay to juniors here

http://www.tennisidentity.com/

i see sam barry has picked up some wins in thailand this week
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thanks man...

the u.s. used to have a couple of tourneys a year on clay right now before the euro clay...

the most realistic answer to the problem u.s. tennis faces is to make a 6-7 week long u.s. challenger swing on clay - right now... green clay, red clay, dusn matter one bit cos the movement factor is the key, adapting the movement is easy... can send them of to french open quallies knowing they are gonna have a fair shout... not just a token shot at a tourney before grass...

but, more importantly, you just encourage a well rounded culture... aussies are doing a clay itf swing at the moment with the mens and ladies on the fast stuff i know and love... but, this strategic placing is pretty fresh if i'm not mistaken...

with barry, he is the one irish junior that i would have said it was downright tragic if he went to college instead of turning pro... he owned a big man's game years ago... tore apart milton which is always a pleasure to see..
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Orange Bowl used to be on clay, do you think the legend Kent Carlsson would have won it on hardcourt.
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time to get active again

monday ranking report

http://shanktennis.com/2011/04/11/mo...port-11042011/
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new rank report. bad sign that last article was also a rank report though

http://shanktennis.com/2011/04/18/mo...port-18042011/
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Easy money with Pere Riba

http://shanktennis.com/2011/04/19/ea...ith-pere-riba/

Link to Irish radio interview (not by me) with legenda Pat Rafter

http://shanktennis.com/2011/04/19/i-...th-pat-rafter/
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mate... you could well have outdone yourself here... just quietly...
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Easy money with Pere Riba

http://shanktennis.com/2011/04/19/ea...ith-pere-riba/

Link to Irish radio interview (not by me) with legenda Pat Rafter

http://shanktennis.com/2011/04/19/i-...th-pat-rafter/
Excellent post

You forgot to point out though that Riba playing hard court events in the US is excellent value for the spectators who enjoy comical tennis.
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