Fu­ture is bright as ten­nis lights shine

Bray People - - SPORT -

THE new Shankill In­door Ten­nis Open tour­na­ment which ran from Novem­ber 23 to 25 saw a dra­matic break­through by the next gen­er­a­tion of young Ir­ish ten­nis play­ers.

Ju­liana Car­ton (aged 15) and Conor Gan­non (aged 16) de­feated the hugely tal­ented and ex­pe­ri­enced Jane Fen­nelly and Do­rian Cos in the two fi­nals.

The men’s fi­nal ended with a breath­tak­ing 25-shot rally that had the spec­ta­tors al­most as ex­hausted as the play­ers. The tour­na­ment is de­signed to pro­vide as much match play as pos­si­ble so all of the above will have played four full com­pet­i­tive matches be­tween Fri­day evening and Sun­day evening.

Lo­cal star from Shankill TC El­lie Mur­phy (aged 17) also did well con­sol­i­dat­ing her rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing one of the lead­ing up and com­ing stars. This fol­lowed her out­stand­ing per­for­mance in the Ju­nior In­ter­provin­cial Cham­pi­onships over the sum­mer where she was un­beaten in all her matches.

The other lo­cal star, David Mullins, lost his semi-fi­nal by the nar­row­est of mar­gins and went onto win the third-place play-off.

The tour­na­ment is one of three in­tro­duced and spon­sored by Le­in­ster Ten­nis to pro­vide match play ex­pe­ri­ence for the lead­ing play­ers dur­ing the pe­riod from Septem­ber through to May. The next tour­na­ment in the se­ries will be in in David Lloyds River in this month and in Fitzwilliam TC in Jan­uary.

Derek Adams, the chair of Shankill Ten­nis Club, com­pli­mented the play­ers on some ex­cep­tional ten­nis and thanked Garb­han O’Nualain head of the Le­in­ster Ten­nis per­for­mance com­mit­tee for their sup­port.

The tour­na­ment was played in the ex­cep­tional in­door ten­nis cen­tre at Shankill ten­nis Club – which is ranked presently as the lead­ing in­door cen­tre in the coun­try. As a com­mu­nity club Shankill wel­comes all to play at its fa­cil­i­ties. Mem­ber­ship is open – but you can also sim­ply ring Ann on 01 2825400 to book a court.

Sol O Lideadha and Shankill’s El­lie Mur­phy.

Do­rian Kos and Conor Gan­non with um­pire Derek Adams ahead of the men’s fi­nal in Shankill.

Ju­lianna Car­ton re­ceives first prize, with Shankill Ten­nis Club chair­man Derek Adams and Garb­han O Nual­lan from Le­in­ster Ten­nis.

Shankill’s David Mullins re­ceives third prize from Garb­han O Nual­lan (Le­in­ster Ten­nis).

Shankill’s El­lie Muprhy in ac­tion.

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