TAKING place this week at Fitzwilliam is the Green Property Irish Open Men's Championships with an encouraging local entry chasing vital ranking points on home turf.
The result of the tournament so far has seen 20-year-old Mayo player Daniel Glancy progressing at the expense of top seed Josh Goodall. The British player had to retire during the second set of their first round.
Glancy, a former national U18 singles champion, most recently won the Irish Close title at Donnybrook club. Over the past year, he has worked on improving his world ranking by playing on the ITF Futures Tour. He is currently world ranked 976, and his performances this week will certainly move him up.
Dubliner Colin O'Brien also made the second round, but the heroic winning streak of Carlow qualifier Tommy Murphy was brought to a halt by Maltese player Matthew Asciak.
In the qualifying tournament, Murphy had put out Slovakian player Marko Danis to gain a place in the main draw.
Of the other Irish players, Fabio Molle beat British player Connor Schelling-Tisza in the opening round of qualification before losing to Philip Barlow, also from the UK. George McGill got a bye into the second round, but progressed no further, while Roman Gorgan lost his first round match.
In the main draw, wildcard entry James Cluskey was an early casualty, losing to Dutch qualifier Xander Spong. John Morrissey, aged 17, was given a wildcard for only his third senior ranking tournament. In the opening round, he beat fellow wildcard and Irish Tennis Acadmey member Lazare Kukhalashvili in straight sets, picking up his first ever ranking points. Also surviving the first round was Colin O'Brien.
Play continues today and tomorrow with finals on Saturday. Spectators are welcome.
Conor Niland, with his sight set on breaking into the world's top 100, is in Russia at a higher ranking Challenger tournament. On the junior circuit, Sam Barry prepared for this week's European Juniors in Klosters, Switzerland, by last week playing at the ITF Junior Open on clay in Austria. He beat Karin Hossam of Egypt in the opening round, but then narrowly lost to Vaclav Safranek (Czech Republic) in three closely fought sets.
At the European Juniors, Barry got a bye into the second round. Barry and Ciarán Fitzgerald teamed up for the doubles, but went out to Dias and Ramos of Portugal. Amy Bowtell also got a bye into the second round of the girls' competition and went out in straight sets to Denisa Allertova of the Czech Republic.
Donnybrook LTC is currently hosting the Donnybrook Junior International, with players from Europe and further afield competing.
Surviving the first round were local players Aodhan Deane, Darragh Glavin, Ross Hurley, Alan Gleeson and Stephen Martin. The ITF junior circuit moves on to Rushbrooke in Cork next week.
Senior -- Green Property Irish Open Men's Championships, Fitzwilliam LTC, Dunlin. 19-25 July Green Property Irish Open Men's Championships, Fitzwilliam LTC, Dublin. 18-24 July Castleknock Senior Open Castleknock LTC, Dublin.
Junior -- 18- 24 July Irish Close Championships, Rushbrooke, Cork. 17-23 July Donnybrook ITF Junior Championships, Donnybrook LTC, Dublin. 17-26 July Kilkenny Junior Championships. 19-24 July U14 Tennis Europe Championships, David Lloyd Riverview, Clonskeagh, Dublin. 19-24 July Connacht Junior Open, Galway LTC. 24-30 July Rushbrooke ITF Rushbrooke, Cork. 24-31 July Leopardstown Junior Open, Leopardstown LTC, Co Dublin.
Ulster Junior Championships, Belfast Boat Club. 25-31 July Causeway Junior Championships, Causeway LTC. Bandon Junior Championships.