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Séan successor hopefully named in next few weeks

WITH Seán Sorensen stepping down at the end of the year, Tennis Ireland hopes to appoint his successor as Davis Cup team captain in the next few weeks.

Ireland's opening match in the 2011 campaign is the visit of Luxembourg in March and continues with a possible home tie against Great Britain in July.

Hopes are high that Louk Sorensen, son of Sean, will be available for the match against Luxembourg. Sorenson has been sidelined with an injury to the pelvic bone since July and hopes to get back playing early in the New Year.

After reaching the quarter-finals of the Rennes Challenger in France, Irish No 1 Conor Niland had the misfortune to come up against world No32 Michael Llodra of France in the opening round of the Orleans Challenger, losing in straight sets.

At the Greece Futures, Sam Barry defeated Jiri Kosler of Czech Republic in the opening round, picking up more valuable ranking points. Barry made it though to the main draw of a Futures tournament for the fourth time in the past month. He has been campaigning in Turkey and Greece, along with Barry King, Daniel Glancy and Colin O'Brien.

The 18-year old member of the national tennis academy is ranked 1,264 in the world, ahead of Irish players James Cluskey and John Morrissey. Conor Niland drops two places to No 147, with James McGee at 586 and Colin O'Brien 689.

Junior player Caroline Lynch lost to American Kandis Legall in the first round of the girls' singles main draw at Atlanta.

Alan Gleeson made the second round of the boys' singles at the Torneig ITF Andorra La Vella beating local player Alberto Garcia Torres in the first round.

Sinead Lohan went out to No2 seed Laura Gulbe of Latvia in the girls' first round.

DCU hosts the National University Tennis Championships at Westwood, Leopardstown this weekend, with the first matches tomorrow.

Singles and doubles for men and women are scheduled.

At stake are places on the Irish University team for the annual BNP Paribas Masters U event in Rouen, France in December. That is followed by the ECTA League Finals when qualifying teams come together in London at the Gosling HPC.


Oct 29-31 National University Tennis Championships, Westwood Leopardstown, Dublin.

Oct 31- Nov 7 EBS National Veteran's Championships, Lansdowne TC, Dublin.