Friday 17 November 2017

Tennis: Irish claim shock doubles crown

DUBLIN duo John Morrissey and Colin O'Brien upset the odds to capture the doubles title in the FBD Men's Irish Open at Fitzwilliam.

Blackrock's Morrissey and Malahide's O'Brien were unseeded, but they edged No 2 seeds Marcus Daniell of New Zealand and Britain's Richard Gabb 6-4 6-7 (10-7) last night.

Later, No 4 seed Sam Barry just came up short in his attempt to clinch a place in the singles final, losing 4-6 7-6 (7/2) 6-4 to France's Albano Olivetti.

Elsewhere, Ireland's James McGee exited the ATP Challenger Tour event in Kentucky, on a 6-7 7-6 7-2 scoreline to American Tennys Sandgren.

IRELAND claimed bronze at the European Pony Championships in Arezzo, Italy behind Germany and Great Britain.

Lying joint-second with France and Germany with a four-fault result after the opening round, in which the defending champions from Great Britain took control with a zero score, the Irish began to lose their grip when Tim McDonagh, Matt Garrigan (Future Interest) and Killian Norris (Javas Alun) all recorded faults.

But a brilliant clear from Susan Fitzpatrick and Rock Dee Jay saw the Irish spring back up to take the bronze on a final score of 12. Fitzpatrick goes into tomorrow's individual final in joint-third place.

BANGOR teenager Liam Glynn was crowned Topper world champion at the international regatta at Loctundy in Brittany, after the final day's races were cancelled due to a lack of wind.

Glynn saw off 100 rivals to claim the glory in the Topper, which is one of the most competitive youth classes in the world, with many Olympians having progressed through the ranks.

Irish Independent

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