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Irish tennis on a high as Turkey lie ahead in Davis Cup

Tickets are now on sale for Ireland's Davis Cup draw against Turkey at Fitzwilliam LTC, Dublin on the weekend of March 6.

Interest in tennis is high after Louk Sorensen's brilliant run at the Australian Open, when he became the first Irish tennis player in modern times to win a round at a Grand Slam tournament.

For his efforts, Sorensen's world ranking has zoomed from 284 to a career-high of 213. It means he leapfrogs Conor Niland as the top-ranked Irish player internationally.

Niland is also showing good form, and his two wins in the Melbourne qualifying tournament means he moves up to 277 from 285.



SNEAKS

Joining the top Irish pair for the Davis Cup showdown will be James McGee and Barry King, who had made the team for the first time. With a world ranking of 623, King sneaks in ahead of Colin O'Brien, who is world ranked 646.

King, who won the National Indoors before Christmas, completed a finance degree at Notre Dame in 2007. He came home to a job in the financial sector but decided to give the professional tour a chance in 2008 after beating Conor Niland at the Irish Close Championships.

In December he won the Irish Indoor title and, most recently, he has been playing with Colin O'Brien at a Futures event in Murcia Spain.

In the singles, he made the quarter-final after beating Photas Kallais of Cyprus in the first round and fifth seed Ignacio Coll-Riudavets of Spain in the second. He went out to No2 seed Sergio Gutierrez-Ferrol of Spain.

In the doubles, O'Brien and King reached the semi-finals, where they lost to the Spanish pairing of Agustin Boje-Ordonez and Ignacio Coll-Riudavets, who went on to lose in the final.

James McGee, meanwhile, was at a Futures tournament in Germany where he went out in the first round to local player Kevin Dedan. He also went out in the first round of the doubles after pairing up with Canadian player Milos Raonic.

Also in Germany, Sorensen, in his first tournament since Australia, lost to Stephane Bohli of Switzerland in the opening round of the Heilbronn Challenger.


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