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Davis squad prepare for Turkey clash with game time in Europe

With the Davis Cup first round match against Turkey just over a week away, Irish squad members have been honing their match skills at tournaments around Europe.

After going out in the first round of the France F3 Futures, James McGee was in Sarajevo, playing in the Bosnia-Herzegovina Futures along with fellow team member Barry King and Colin O'Brien.

Despite battling hard, he went out in the opening round to France's Ludovic Walter. Colin O'Brien also lost in the first round to Mislav Hizak of Croatia, while King failed to make it out of qualifying, losing to local Franjo Raspudic. In the doubles, King got a measure of revenge when he paired up with McGee to beat Raspudic and Zlatan Kadric in the first round.

Unfortunately, they then came up against eventual winners Philip Oswald and Alexander Peya from Austria in the quarter-finals, losing in straight sets.

At this week's second Futures tournament in Sarajevo, McGee played in the main draw, defeating No1 seed Philip Oswald of Austria in his opening match. He now faces Poland's Dawid Olejniczak . In the qualifying draw, Colin O'Brien went out to British player Dominic Inglot.

At the Oslo Junior Indoor, Sinead Lohan from Tramore made it as far as the quarter-finals of the girls' singles. Lohan dropped only one game in her first-round match against Spanish player Isabel Maria Boix Baixauli.

In the second round Lohan had a great three-set win over the top seed Donika Bashota of Sweden, but could not recapture that form in the quarter-finals when she lost to Italian player Sara Eccel in straight sets.

p Offering annual membership for just €280 is the Ashbrook tennis club, located in Grosvenor Road, a quiet cul-de-sac off Dublin's Rathgar road.

The club dates back to 1922, and has an interesting history including a theatrical society where Milo O'Shea and Maureen Potter got their first laughs, and Saturday night dances that attracted crowds from all over Dublin until the 1970s.

These days, the club, which bought out its lease in 1967, boasts six all-weather Grand Prix Desso courts, associated changing facilities, a spacious bar and a good-size dance floor.

All standards are catered for with coaching for novices and league tennis and club competitions for the more experienced.

p Full details are available at the club's website, www.ashbrooktennisclub.ie