Saturday 16 December 2017

Tennis: Glancy hits out at Goodall over 'injury' claims

Paddy Hickey

DANIEL GLANCY has accused British ace Josh Goodall of resorting to the oldest trick in the book when a tennis player is staring defeat in the eyes.

Goodall, the top seed in this week's Green Property Irish Men's Open, retired "injured" in his first-round showdown against rank outsider Glancy at the Fitzwilliam Club on Tuesday.

But 379-ranked Goodall was trailing 976-ranked Glancy by a 4-6 1-5 margin when he decided to call it quits because of a "hip flexor" problem.

Of course, the premature finish to the contest will cast doubts in the record books over the merit of the Mayo man's victory, even if Goodall's action suggests it was taken to avoid the embarrassment of losing a completed match to a much lower-ranked opponent.

But 21-year-old Glancy is convinced there was nothing physically wrong with his opponent when he decided to call for the assistance of the trainer.

"He (Goodall) didn't slip, he didn't fall, and I'm sure he could have continued in the match if he wanted to do so," said Glancy.

"That was the first time in the match he called for the trainer and, in fact, he walked away to the changing room without even speaking to the trainer.

"I think he wanted to end his agony there and then. I was a set and two breaks up in the second set, and there was no way he was going to come back to beat me," added the Castlebar native.

"He went 4-1 up in the first set and I'm sure he was feeling very confident at that stage," said Glancy. "But then I started to play more aggressively and go more for my shots.

"From the point where he was 4-1 up in the first set, he won only more game in the entire match, and I think that shows how much I was on top until he pulled out."

Meanwhile, following on from this week's ITF U-18 Grade 5 event at Dublin's Donnybrook club, Cobh's Rushbrooke club will host a junior world-ranking tournament next week.

Irish Independent

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