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Niland tees up Davis Cup with useful Marlberg run

A good run at the Marlberg Challenger where he reached the quarter-finals was just the work-out that Irish No1 Conor Niland needed with Ireland's critical Davis Cup tie against Lithuania just over a week away.

Playing on clay, Niland beat Spanish player Guillermo Olosa 6-4 7-5 in the opening round, then dismissed Denis Gremelmayr of Germany 6-0 6-7 6-4 before going out to eventual winner Simone Vagnozzi of Italy 6-4 6-2.

Niland had paired up with Andreas Siljestrom of Sweden for the doubles, but they went out in the first round.

Sean Sorensen's team has a good chance of beating the Lithuanians, who sensationally put out Britain in the first round of the Europe/Asia Group II matches. Should the Irish win, they would face a promotion showdown with either Bulgaria or Slovenia in September.

p Fitzwilliam LTC will host the Irish Open Men's Tennis Championships from July 19-24, sponsored by Green Property. This will be a $US15,000 ITF Futures event, with qualifying rounds on July 17-18.

p Locally, Fitzwilliam beat Naas to win the women's Premier League title in the Dublin Summer Leagues. In the singles, Fitzwilliam's winners were Jenny Claffey, Suzy Perkins and Caroline McNulty. For Naas, Kasia Dudek beat Gina Niland-Craig in a champions' tie-break, while Laura Doyle got the better of Isabelle Ruecker. A victory for Perkins and McNulty in the doubles gave Fitzwilliam the title.

A rampant Westwood Clontarf team of Daniel Glancy, Conor Taylor, Ed Seator, Dara McLoughlin, Roman Gorgan and Simon Wrafter had their men's Premier Division decider against Donnybrook wrapped up after the first five singles.

In Class 1, men and women's teams from Glengeary had both made the finals. Unfortunately, they lost to a Carrickmines team that included Sinead Lohan in the women's decider and to Naas 1-5 in the men's final.


Women -- Cl 2: Mount Pleasant 2 bt Clontarf 1, 3-1. Cl 3: Rathgar 1 bt Templeogue 2, 3-2; Cl 4: Newtown Park 1 bt Portmarnock 1, 3-2; Cl 5: Glasnevin 3 bt Malahide 4, 3-0. Cl 6: Naas 6 bt Stackallen 3, 3-2; Cl 7: Glenageary 5 bt Leixlip 2, 3-2.

Men -- Cl 2: Sutton 1 bt Castleknock 1, 3-2; Cl 3: Naas 2 bt Westwood Clontarf 2, 3-1; Cl 4: Stackallen 1 bt Templeogue 5, 3-2; Cl 5: Clontarf 4 bt Blackrock 2, 3-1; Cl 6: Ratoath 1 bt Charleville 4, 3-2; Cl 7: Glenablyn 3 bt Westwood Clontarf 3, 3-1.



Jun 25-July 3: Kells Senior Championships.

Jun 26-July 3: Glenalbyn Senior Championships.

Kilkenny Senior Open, Kilkenny LTC.

Lakewood Senior Championships, Lakewood LTC.

Jun 28-July 3: Investec Irish Close Championships, Donnybrook LTC, Dublin.

July 3-10: EBS Co Dublin Championships, Carrickmines.

Catholic Institute Senior Championships, Limerick.

Carrigaline Senior Championships, Cork.

Co Louth Open Championships Dundalk LTC.

July 4-11: St Anne's Senior Championships, St Anne's LTC.


Jun 27-July 3: South of Ireland Junior Championships Limerick LTC. Douglas Junior Open.

Castleview Junior Championships, Castleview LTC.

Jun 28-July 3: Co Wexford Junior Open, Hillbrook LTC

West Ulster Championships, Enniskillen LTC.

July 3-10: Co Kildare Junior Open, Naas LTC.

July 4-10: Munster Junior Championships, Sunday's Well Boating & TC.