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Tennis-mad Mike determined to bounce back at transplant games

Tennis-mad Mike determined to bounce back at transplant games

Sophie Mogridge

Tennis-mad Mike determined to bounce back at transplant games
Competitive Mike Grundy is determined to emulate Andy Murray and bounce back from finals heartbreak to take tennis gold at the World Transplant Games.

The sporty 65-year-old, who plays at Home Park Tennis Club in Windsor, will be a member of the Royal Berkshire Hospital team travelling to take part in the contest in Durban, South Africa, from July 28-August 4.

Tennis-mad Mike, who worked as an IT consultant in Slough before retirement, is focused on winning the 60-69 category in his specialist sport.

He describes himself as 'incredibly competitive' and vowed to overcome the bitter disappointment of having to settle for silver at the last international games held in Gothenbrug in 2011.

Mike, who is married to Christine, has been tennis singles' champion in his age bracket at the Windsor club for the last seven years.

The Holyport resident's plan is to be aggressive on the court.

"I need to put balls away rather than prolong rallies," he said.

The games are held to raise awareness of the need for organ donors.

Mike, who has had a kidney transplant, said joining the organ donation list 'could not be easier' and registration forms are available online and from GP surgeries.

He described the transplant games as a 'brilliant' way to show how organ donation can save and change lives.

Mike has also won gold at British and European transplant games.

He has competed in sports from tennis and table tennis to the 100m sprint.

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