HOME duo Sam Barry and Daniel Glancy opened their singles campaigns in the FBD Irish Open in impressive style, writes Paddy Hickey.
On the second day of play in the ITF Futures world-ranking event at Fitzwilliam LTC, No 4 seed Barry crushed Germany's Florian Barth 6-3 6-2, and No 8 seed Glancy dispatched Australia's Zach Itzstein 6-4 6-2.
Limerick man Barry, ranked at 598, dropped just seven points in his nine service games against his 1,578-ranked opponent. One service break proved enough for the 21-year-old to wrap up the first set, and he added two more breaks in the second.
Mayo man Glancy, ranked at 876, broke 1,445-ranked Itzstein once in the opening set and twice in the second.
In the second round, Barry faces unranked Zambian qualifier Benjamin Lock, and Glancy takes on 1,970-ranked British qualifier Alexander Zhun, a 6-0 6-4 winner over 18-year-old Donnybrook club member Robert Dudley on the opening day.
England remain hopeful over Kevin Pietersen's fitness for the third Ashes Test next week.
The South African-born batsman was not on the field as his team-mates wrapped up a 347-run win in the second Test at Lord's on Sunday, having suffered a calf strain.
He provided an update on his recovery yesterday, tweeting that he was "stuck on a sofa tightly fastened to an ice machine" in a bid to be ready for Old Trafford on August 1.
The energy-drink company said in a statement that Red Bull's billionaire founder Dietrich Mateschitz and Formula One's 82-year-old chief executive Bernie Ecclestone "have reached agreement to the effect that Formula One will come back to Styria next year."
Austria last hosted a Grand Prix in 2003, after which the circuit was due to be extended, but construction work was stopped midway and the track became unusable for years before Mateschitz bought and rebuilt it, renaming it the Red Bull Ring.
The circuit has hosted junior series and German Touring Car (DTM) races in recent years.