Paul McElhinney started playing tennis on the red clay courts of the Lusaka Club, Zambia in the late 1960's where he played under the tutelage of Australian coach, Ian Nichols.
He represented his school, Glenstal Abbey and his university, Trinity College, Dublin in the 1970's. Having lived for lengthy periods in Africa, the US, the UK, Canada and Ireland, he has a good appreciation of the international game.
A member of Dublin's Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club for 35 years, he takes a keen interest in the professional tour and in the history and traditions of the game. He writes two regular tennis blogs and is currently writing a biography of US player of the 1940's and 1950's, Jack Kramer.
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