Friday 19 January 2018

McGee on course for French Open spot

5 April 2013; James McGee, Ireland, returns a shot to Harri Heliovaara, Finland, during their singles match. Davis Cup 2013, Group II, Europe/Africa, second round, Ireland v Finland, Castleknock Lawn Tennis Club, Castleknock, Dublin. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
5 April 2013; James McGee, Ireland, returns a shot to Harri Heliovaara, Finland, during their singles match. Davis Cup 2013, Group II, Europe/Africa, second round, Ireland v Finland, Castleknock Lawn Tennis Club, Castleknock, Dublin. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

Tennis

James McGee turned the form book on its head as he nailed down a second-round place in the French Open qualifying competition.

With a world ranking of 244, the Irish No 1 was the underdog in his opening round battle against Slovakia's 161-ranked Norbert Gombos. However, the 26-year-old Dubliner defied the odds to emerge a 6-2 2-6 6-4 winner on Court 2 at Roland Garros on his maiden attempt to qualify for the second Grand Slam of the year.

In the next round, McGee, who will have to win two more matches to seal a place in the main draw, will face either the No 14 seed, Argentina's Guido Pella, who is ranked at 119, or Belgium's 260-ranked Germain Gigounon.

 

Cricket

JOHN MOONEY and Max Sorensen shared the bowling honours as Leinster Lightning reduced home side North-West Warriors to 144-7 on a rain-reduced first day of three in the Interpro Championship at Bready.

Lightning's decision to field after winning the toss in Co Tyrone was quickly vindicated when Mooney found an edge to the 'keeper but persistent rain then kept the players off the field until after tea.

Sorensen was at his sharpest on the resumption, removing Stuart Thompson and David Barr. The Hills paceman ended the day with 2-33 from 16 testing overs.

Mooney returned later to put the visitors firmly in control by claiming two more victims. His figures of 3-21 were the best of the day.

 

Boxing

THE Irish Elite squad will have a test match against the powerful Russian Federation in Germany tomorrow.

Ireland are training with the Germany No 1 and 2 squads, the Russian No 1 and 2 squads, France, Korea and the Netherlands in Halle.

Katie Taylor, who will be aiming for her sixth successive European title in Romania next month, is also training in Halle.

Ireland will remain in Germany for the 41st Chemistry Cup, which takes place on May 28 and 31.

London 2012 bronze medallist Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan, are not in the teams training at Halle.

Meanwhile, the EU Men's Elite Championships will be back in Bulgaria in August after a five-year break.

Ireland claimed three gold, three silver and three bronze medals at the 2009 EU Championships in Denmark and finished on top of the medals table.

Irish Independent

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