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Cliona being presented with good luck charm by club PRO Alice Mc Nasser.

Cliona being presented with good luck charm by club PRO Alice Mc Nasser.

Roisin Crawford, Amy Sheehan, Colleen Graham and Kelcey Burns meet Cliona Walsh at Sligo Tennis Club.

Roisin Crawford, Amy Sheehan, Colleen Graham and Kelcey Burns meet Cliona Walsh at Sligo Tennis Club.

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Cliona being presented with good luck charm by club PRO Alice Mc Nasser.

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Sligo’s Cliona Walsh last week travelled to Poland to represent Ireland last week to take on the Polish national tennis team in a challenge match.

Walsh, ranked number 2 in the Irish junior rankings, is currently in Leaving Cert, and is preparing for her summer exams.

She is hoping, that once she completes the exams, she can go to the United States as part of a scholarship programme.

“I think I want to go to America,” she said during a visit to Sligo Tennis Club in recent weeks.

“I’m sitting my leaving cert this year so hopefully next September I’ll be heading off to America on a scholarship after that.”

She spoke of her own hard work to get as far as she has, and paid tribute to the commitment of her parts, which has been a huge help in her career so far.

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She added that her favourite tennis player is the 20-time grand slam champion Rafa Nadal.

“It’s got to be Nadal. He’s such a fighter and everyday he aspires to be better. He’s such a role model off the court as well.”

Walsh believes the most important shot in tennis is the serve.

“I think it’s your serve. You serve every second game and without your serve it’s very difficult to win but with your serve it can have a big impact.”

What sort of a player is the Sligo native?

“I’m a good counter attacker,” she said.

“I’ve made people play a lot of balls and try and use their weaknesses against them. I’m happy to stay out there all day.”

Concentrating on her leaving cert at the minute, Walsh has had to cut down on the days spent training while focussing on exams.

For now, she just travels to Dublin at the weekends to train.

Sligo Tennis Club welcomed over 50 children to a fun filled tournament day on Tuesday . children aged seven to 13 played games had fun and enjoyed the sport of tennis, a sport for life.

The Irish champion Cliona Walsh joined in the fun and shared her secrets to success with the children.

Sligo Tennis Club wish Cliona all the best in Poland.

Tennis lessons are ongoing in Sligo Tennis Club.

Anyone looking to get involved can do so by contacting 0719162580.


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