Cork Tennis Blog

Welcome to the Cork Tennis Blog.

This blog will, hopefully, keep you up to date on the tennis scene in Cork, both socially and competitively. Whether you are new to the game or an experienced player I hope you find the information and posts here, useful and interesting.

You can contact me by email at

As well as local tennis news, there are also some very good articles written by local players and I am always looking for people to contribute to the blog, so don't be shy.

Please also feel free to comment on individual posts, or alternatively through the comment box on the right of the blog. I hope you enjoy reading through the blog and that it was of some use to you.

Enjoy your game, Rob

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Youghal Christmas Open

You are hereby cordially invited to the xmas 2009 open tournament for adults at Youghal Tennis Club on Dec 28th at 2.30pm. Prizes to be won & only 5 euro to take part

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Youghal Tennis Club Offer

Youghal Tennis Club is offering new members a once-off, introductory membership package from now ‘til April 2010. Sign up immediately to play this autumn/winter season and receive an adult discounted rate of €100 or just €150 for a family. Our 4 floodlit courts are in use all year round, while the Club caters for tennis players of all standards.
Enquiries please to Membership Coach, Frank Delaney, on 086 840 6848, or email

Experience our fabulous clubhouse and facilities, and get in a few games, by attending our “Adult Club Night” every Thursday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. It costs just €2.
Additional information can be obtained from Club Chairman John Hunt (087 767 2136) or email

· “Junior Competition” taking place every Saturday from 10.30am to 12 noon.
· “Junior Coaching” is available with professional coach, Martin Cusack. Contact Junior Development Officers: Linda Donoghue 087 675 4337 or Caroline Connelly 086 172 2047
· Big Mixed Doubles tournament later in the year with the proceeds going to St. Vincent de Paul.

More information available by contacting PRO Ann Webb on 086 108 3485 or email

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Looking to get Upgraded?

For those who have nearly enough points to be upgraded time is running out, there is only 4 tournaments left in Cork with one of those just under way at Douglas where their Senior Doubles tournament started on the 13th and runs to the 23rd of August.
Like all Douglas tournaments this should be an enjoyable event and will no doubt attract a competitive field.

This is followed by one of my favourite tournaments, Lower Aghada, that went missing for a while, but now in a new spot I hope it thrives and continues well into the future. This runs from the 22nd to the 29th of August.

The next tournament is in Ballinlough from the 6th to the 12th of September. After hosting 2 very successful Interpros last week (U-14 and U-18) I would think Ballinlough can't wait for their turn to come around as anyone who was lucky enough to be there for the interpros and saw the very high standard of tennis must be just bursting at the seams to get going.

The final one of the season, the place to be if you only need a couple of points to move up a grade is Bandon where from the 19th to the 26th of September they will hold last open until next Easter.
Don't miss out.
Best of luck to all for the remainder of the season.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Rushbrooke getting ready for the season ahead.

Although Rushbrooke hold a very popular tennis tournament at Easter time, for all those involved the season is really only about to start.
This year it kicks off with the FDC Senior Championships of County Cork from the 11th to the 18th of July. This event traditionally brings out big numbers with some excellent tennis on display for the week.

The Junior Open starts immediately after the senior and runs from the 19th to the 25th of July. This should see the best juniors from around Munster participate in the hope of winning one of the big titles.
You would think then that the tennis committee would have enough after that, but no they are only half way through.

Again this year there will be an under 18 ITF Junior World Ranking event held here and it runs from the 27th to the 31st of July. This should like years past provide some fabulous tennis for everyone to see, and have juniors travelling from as far a field as the USA.

To finish off the summer season, this year for the first time Rushbrooke will host an under 14 European tour event from the 3rd to the 7th of August. These really are the stars of the future and are the best that Europe has to offer.
For any tennis fans out there Rushbrooke really is the place to be this summer.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Argideen Vale Open

Argideen Vale open was recently on and for those of you who have had the pleasure of playing it before will know it is a unique event. The place is a hidden treasure and is played on real grass courts. It is located in West Cork, not far from Timoleague, and is always well worth a trip.
The work that goes into the courts each year is a credit to the members and the hospitality shown to all guests is second to none.
I hope the event is a great success.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Sundays Well Senior Open.

Sundays Well Senior open finished last Saturday with a great days tennis. The day was added to by the beautiful weather and it seemed to inspire some great tennis across all the grades.
All the results can be found via the club website

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Tennis Bargains at Maher Sports.

Maher Sports are running an in store tennis promotion from the 15th to the 21st of June.
For more information click on the picture and to enter a draw for a free racket of your choice printout the flyer and bring it with you when you purchase.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Munster Junior Finals Day.

I have to say I was to delighted to be able to attend the finals day,in Rushbrooke on Saturday, of Munster's finest juniors. There were 3 age categories, ranging from u-12 to u-16 and then 3 plate events for the same ages.
The matches started at 10am and ran right through the day, with some very close and competitive matches.
To give credit where it's due I watched an u-12 mixed doubles match between Emily Daly and Ben Rasmussen of Rushbrooke and Kathy O Neill and Sean O Callaghan of Sundays Well and honestly I haven't seen a better game of doubles anywhere this year and that includes senior tournaments also.
Not only was the tennis of the highest standard but the manner in which not just this game was played is a credit to all who took part. These u-12 children applauded each others good shots and played with a smile on their faces that was lovely to see.
I look forward to watching their progress in the years ahead!
Congratulations to the organisers and all who took part on the day.

Friday, May 29, 2009

St.Michaels Open Vets

St. Michaels Vets Open was held on the 21st to 24th of May and was a huge success with 72 entrants from Cork city and county and Tipperary.
The main sponsor of the event was Global Life & Finance and the printing was supplied by PrintPro.
The weather was super for the 4 days and this reflected the standard of tennis.
Some top players featured included Liam O Brien, Robert Murphy, Joanne Williamson, Conor Twomey, Joe O Donovan, Pat Smith, Connie Creed and Ann Naughton.
The facilities and catering were very impressive with the novel idea of ball boys and girls for the final going down well with all the players. Everyone was watered and well fed and a free barbecue, sponsored by Club Captain Robert Murphy, was held on Saturday night which many enjoyed.
A highlight on finals day was that the prizes were presented by former President of Tennis Ireland and Honorary member of the club Mrs Rhoda McAuliffe.
The tournament was thought to have being a huge success mainly due to the homely atmosphere in the club, and hopefully as a result of this 2010 will have a bigger entry.

Mens 35's R Murphy & L O Brien
Womens 35's C Creed & A Naughton
Mixed 35's C Twomet & J Williamson
Mens Vets J O Donovan & P Smith
Mixed Vets P Horgan & A Naughton
Vintage Mens D Vericker & J Shanahan
Vintage Womens U Levis & P O Connor
Vintage Mixed P & P O Connor

Report supplied by St. Michaels Tennis Club.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Mahers Sports Tennis Blog

This site offers exclusive deals, opportunities to be a racket tester for the shop, and news on new stock.
Worth a look!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Future Stars showing their Skills

Anyone who has time on their hands on Saturday the 30th of May and is looking for something to do, it would be well worth a spin to Rushbrooke tennis club as the Munster team finals for the u-12, u-14 and u-16 events are taking place.
There promises to be some excellent tennis and the possibility of seeing some of our future stars in action.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Sports Village

Just in case anyone doesn't know yet the Tennis Village has re-opened as the Sports Village, albeit on a smaller scale but after a recent visit there and a chat with the manager tennis is very high on his list of priorities.
The centre now has 2 indoor cement courts and 3 outdoor omni courts aswell as 2 indoor 5 aside soccer pitches, a childrens play area and aerobic studios.
I wish the centre all the best and welcome back a badly missed tennis facility.
For more details check out their website:

Cork Vets represent Ireland

Over the last few weeks there have being 2 International Veterans events and Cork was represented in both.
The first was the World Team Championships in Mallorca from the 27th of April to the 2nd of May and Cork clubs were represented by Liam O Brien of Rushbrooke.
The second was the Four Nations in Bolton from the 1st of May to the 4th of May and we were represented here by:
Grace Reidy and Siobhan O Riordan of Sundays Well,
Robert Murphy of St.Michaels,
aand Niall Chandler of Rushbrooke.

Congratulations to all on there selections and best of luck for the rest of the year, ye will now be major scalps for all opponents.

Season so far

Well as promised Rushbrooke had the best of the weather again this year for what proved to be a very successful tournament with record entries.
Finals day was a very enjoyable day with plenty of spectators enjoying the good weather and adding greatly to the atmosphere.
If this didn't wet the apetite for the year ahead nothing will.
Bishopstown followed on from this and with 15 events run over the course of the week it looks as though tennis is alive and well.
Next up on the senior calender is Douglas singles running from the 17th of May to the 24th of May, any information is available on 021-4294037.
To check out the full schedule of tournaments look for the link on this page.

Monday, March 9, 2009

First tournament on the way!

Well I hope you're all ready the open season is about to kick off. Rushbrooke will host the first tournament of the year in the Cork calender. This usually gets a great response and fingers crossed the good weather that generally comes with it.
For anyone who hasn't being to Rushbrooke in a while it is definitely worth a trip, the new clubhouse is magnificent and makes watching very enjoyable and also the courts have just being cleaned so they are playing lovely.
Hope to see you all there!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tennis for everyone

Looking for information on tennis in Cork, you've come to the right place.
This blog should help you find out what you would like to know about the tennis scene in Cork.
If there is anything you would like to see added to this blog please let me know.

I currently work in a sports shop in Cork city and come across people regularly who are interested in taking up tennis but think the equipment will be expensive and don't know where to go and play.
Well the equipment can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be and there are various ways of getting involved in tennis. There are 2 places in Cork that you can pay and play and these are Garryduff sports centre and the Sports Village (the old tennis village).
If you would like to get involved in a club you will be spoilt for choice in the Cork area as there is a huge range of clubs available.
I have details of these if required.
Tennis socially in Cork is very big, competitively isn't bad but the higher the level you play at the less competitions there are available for you.
Involved in all clubs now are very good coaching schemes whether it be group sessions for beginners or individual sessions for the more serious competitor, you will find it no problem getting lessons.
Well I hope you enjoy your game and let me know if there is anything I can help you with in getting started.