Sunday 17 December 2017

Tennis: Barry hits top gear to cruise through at Open

Paddy Hickey

SAM BARRY turned on the style to see off Britain's Matthew Short in the first round of the FBD Irish Men's Open at Dublin's Fitzwilliam Club yesterday.

Twenty-year-old Limerick native Barry is currently placed at 711 in the singles world rankings and Short is ranked at 769.

But after a tight first set, the home player moved through the gears to record a 7-5 6-1 victory in this second-tier ITF Men's Futures event on artificial grass.

Barry is set to face a much tougher task in the second round, as he is up against the No 4 seed, Australia's Michael Look.

Look was also in action yesterday and he easily disposed of Dublin-based Georgian Lazare Kukhalashvili, who received a wild card into the main draw, on a 6-2 6-3 scoreline.

In addition to Barry, another home winner yesterday was former world U-18 No 30 John Morrissey, who has just finished his first year as a tennis scholarship student at California's Stanford University.

Morrissey, a member of the nearby Donnybrook club, overcame British qualifier Adam Thornton-Brown on a 6-3 6-3 margin.

In the second round he will face the winner of today's contest between Mayo man Daniel Glancy and the No 2 seed, France's Albano Olivetti, who stunned world No 7 Mardy Fish of the United States in the top-tier ATP World Tour Marseille Open last February.

Also in action today are defending champion and No 3 seed James McGee, and the top seed, Britain's Josh Goodall.

Dubliner McGee takes on Mexico's Manuel Sanchez, and Goodall faces Spain's Jaime Pulgar-Garcia.

Irish Independent

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