Wimbledon: Niland loses after titanic battle with French opponent
Published 21/06/2011 | 18:45
The first Irish player to qualify for Wimbledon in decades lost a pulsating encounter against a classy French opponent today.
Conor Niland - Ireland's top tennis player - was taking-on world number 53, Adrian Mannarino in the first-round at the All-England Club
Niland won the opening set by six games to four as he left his opponent shell-shocked. Mannarino, however, rediscovered his composure and took the second and – in a gripping tie-break – the third set.
The Limerick man spurned a glorious opportunity to take the third set, after leading by a point during the tie-break.
Niland won the fourth set to level the scores and take the game into a fifth set.
However Mannarino managed to scrape through in the end winning the fifth set 6-4.
Mannarino wins 4-6 6-4 7-6 (9-7) 4-6 6-4