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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Monday, May 31, 2010

Kinsale Open underway

Check out the draws and keep up to date with results here.

Douglas Senior Open Singles - Doubler pour Bercy

Douglas Senior Open Singles Championships finished yesterday in this unique event on the Cork Calender.
This is the only singles only tournament in Cork and every year it produces some excellent tennis, with a double for Bercy.
The results are as follows: (winners name first)
MS1: Antoine Bercy V Conor Kelly 6-3, 6-3
MS2: Antoine Bercy V Silvio Di Blasi 6-3, 6-1
MS3: Silvio Di Blasi V Mark Riordan 6-1, 6-3
WS3: Clodagh Fitzgerald V Marion Healy 6-1, 6-3
MS4: John Ryan V Nicky Power 6-1, 6-0
WS4: Joanna Riordan V Ann Bogan 6-2, 6-4
MS5: Kevin Monahan V Michael Kukucha 7-6, 6-1
WS5: Karen O Neill V Fiona Kealy 6-4, 7-5
MS6: Brian Fitzgerald V Kevin Sheehan 1-6, 7-6, 6-3
WS6: Sarah Dunne V Deirdre Deane 6-2, 1-6, 6-2.

Congratulations to Douglas on a well run tournament and best of luck for the Open doubles later in the summer.
Photos courtesy of Douglas Tennis Club.

Friday, May 28, 2010

St.Michaels Vets Open Results

St.Michaels Vets Open attracted a strong field for this years open Vets, with players coming from across Munster and again this years finals were played in fabulous sunshine.
Below are the results:
Mens O-35
Winners-Rob Murphy & Liam O Brien
Runners Up-Silvio Di Blaise & David McCarthy
Ladies O-35
Winners-Deirdre McSherry & Trudy Kennedy,
Runners Up-Ann Naughton & Alice Keating
Mixed O-35
Winners-Rob Murphy & Deirdre McSherry
Runners Up-Silvio Di Blaise & Un Ryle
Mens O-45
Winners-Joe Donovan & Pat Smith
Runners Up-David McCarthy & Pat Coleman
Ladies O-45
Winners-Tish Canniffe & Maggie O Toole
Runners Up-Freda Roycroft & Kay Lynch
Mixed O-50
Winners-Billy & Freeda Roycroft
Runners Up-Noel Murphy & Roz Healy
Mens Vintage
Winners-Derry Verricker & Brendan Boylan
Runners Up-Billy Roycroft & Donal Murray

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Munster Junior Finals Day - Teams and Schedule


30TH MAY 2010

sponsored by MAHER SPORTS LTD., CORK


U.14 CUP


U.16 CUP

Play at 10am
U.14 CUP: No. 1, 2 & 3 Boys’ Singles, No 1 Girls’ Singles Courts 1, 2, 3, 4
U.14 SHIELD: No. 1, 2 & 3 Boys’ Singles, No. 1 Girls’ Singles Courts 5, 6, 7, 8
Play at 11.15am
Under 14 Cup: No. 2 & 3 Girls’ Singles
Under 14 Shield: No. 2 & 3 Girls’ Singles
Under 12 Maher Cup: No 1 & 2 Boys’ Singles, No 1 & 2 Girls’ Singles
U14 Shield: 1 Boys’ Doubles, 1 Girls Doubles if necessary
Under 12 Maher Shield: No 1 & 2 Boys’ Singles, No 1 & 2 Girls Singles
followed by No 3 Boys Singles and No 3 Girls Singles
Under 12 Maher Cup: No. 3 Boys’ Singles, No 3 Girls’ Singles
Under 16 Cup: 6 singles
Followed by:

Sundays Well Munster Senior Open - Enter here

Sundays Well Munster Senior Open runs from the 12th to the 19th of June.
As with every other year a big entry is expected, so get your entry in early.
To enter just click on the link, Enter here

Monday, May 24, 2010

Munster Junior Teams Finals Day - Sundays Well Tennis Club

Munster Tennis

The finals of the Munster junior team competitions comes to a close this Sunday in Sundays Well Tennis Club from 10am.

There will be 3 age groups (U-12, U-14 & U-16) taking part with main events and plate finals taking place.

A great days tennis is guaranteed from our future stars.

All supporters welcome.

French Open - Keep in touch with the scores.

Keep in touch with the latest happenings in the French Open.
All the latest news and scores from the official site.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Douglas Senior Open - Scores as they happen

Up to date scores available here.

Next Davis Cup Match - Ireland V Lithuania

Tennis Ireland has confirmed that the BNP Paribas Irish Davis Cup team will play their Europe/Africa Zone Group II match against Lithuania at Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club on 9-11 July 2010.

This match will hopefully attract big crowds all weekend and with all Irish players well currently it should make for a great weekend of tennis.

To buy your tickets for the weekend from the Tennis Ireland website, just click here.

St. Michaels Saturday morning Schedule

Saturday 22nd May

P o Connor& P o Connor V N Murphy & R Healy
R Murphy & L o Brien V J Don / P Smith
D M c Sherry& T Kenn V E Ryan / L Brohan

P O Connor & D Fitz V F Roycroft & K Lynch
D M c & Silivo V J Mull & J Conn
R Murphy & D Mc Sherry V G Exshaw & E Ryan

Today is also Finals day, so make sure you check your time at the club after your matches.
Best of luck to all involved.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Date for your Diary

Anyone in the market for a new racket?, Maher Sports are holding an open Demo Night on Thursday the 24th of June in the Sports Village Cork.

You will be able to come along and try out any of their rackets with coaches and sales staff on hand to assess your game and answer questions about the rackets.

More details to follow but keep the night free for testing.

Kinsale Senior Open Doubles - Enter here

Kinsale Tennis Club Open Doubles Tournament May 27th - Jun 3rd.
Please click here to enter online or click here for an entry form.
Don't be late, get your entries in.

Douglas Singles next on the Senior Calender


Kindly sponsored by Bord Gais Energy

Tournament chairman Sarah Batterham .
All Competition draws dates and times will be published on the link below.

Draws available here.

St.Michaels Open Vets Schedule

Kindly sponsored by Scally's SuperVALU and Munster Drain Services
Please note that play commences on Thursday & Friday at 6.30 pm sharp
Any queries etc on order of play please contact the club on
021 - 435 7910

Order of play for Thursday & Friday as follows:

Thursday 20th May

6.30 pm
Freda Roycroft & Kay Lynch V Sandra Lane & Paula Mullane
Noel Murphy & Roz Healy V Martin Hanan & Delores Fitzgerald
Jim Connolly & Jim Mulcahy V Ron O'Mahony & John Porter

8.00 pm
Kaylene Kennefick & Ann Hosford V Brenda Crowley & Pauline Kelly
David McCarthy & Karen Higgins V Ron O'Mahony & Ann Naughton
Derry Vereker & Brendan Boylan V John Coakley & Tony Ryan

9.15 pm
Mark Exshaw & Vincent Quirke V John Coakley & Tony Ryan
John Geary & Frank Norberg V Pat Coleman & David McCarthy

Friday 21st May

Joe Donovan & Pat Smith V Stan Devorski & Conor McCarthy

6.30 pm
Pat Coleman & Elga O'Donovan V Mark Exshaw & Mary Donnelly
Vincent Quirke & Michael Leogue V Donal Murray & Billy Roycroft

Joe Donovan & Pat Smith V Martin Hanan & Thomas Cregan

Silvio Di Blaise & Un Ryle V D McC/Higgins-O'Mahony/Ann N
Elga O'Donovan & Louise Brohan V Susan O'Leary & Mary Donnelly
Tish Canniffe & Maggie O'Toole V Kennefick/Hosford-Crowley/Kelly
Billy & Freda Roycroft V Michael & Liz Leogue

Thomas Cregan & Mark Exshaw V Jim Connelly & Jim Mulchay

Please check the draw in the clubhouse for further information
The draw for order of play for Saturday will be posted on the website and in the clubhouse on Friday.

Ph: 021 4357910
Fax: 021 4357483

Please check the clubhouse or website for further schedules.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Bishopstown Senior Open Doubles Results

Bishopstown Senior Open finished last Sunday in beautiful sunshine and with excellent tennis.
There was a great turnout to watch some fabulous tennis with a lot of the finals providing some very entertaining and hard fought matches.
I hope you were all looking your best as photos will be posted soon and again will be provided by Derek Lane.
A special word of thanks to the sponsors for the week - MARY FOYLE TRAVEL COUNSELLORS, we all know the importance of sponsors and they are always greatly appreciated.

Results: (winners listed first)
MD1+2: Cian Blake\Conor O Callaghan V Conor Kelly\Conor Twomey 6-3\3-6\6-1
WD1+2: Carmel Daly\Joanne Williamson V Connie Creed\Mary Claire McCarthy 6-2\6-0
MX1+2: Connie Creed\Conor Twomey V Sommer Craig\Robert Murphy 6-2\7-5
MD3: Michael Aherne\David Murphy V Brian Foley Snr\Brian Foley Jnr 6-3\6-3
WD3: Clodagh Fitzgerald\Siobhan Murray V Ann Coveney\Lisa Long 6-2\7-6
MX3: Darragh Quinn\Hugh Harrington V Monica Williams\Fergus Bowen 3-6\6-1\6-2
MD4: Paraic Crehan\Michael Kukucha V Paul Healy\John Ryan 4-6\6-3\7-6
WD4: Carol Mulcahy\Joanna Alice Riordan V Patsy Dunlea\Carmel Ellis 6-3\6-3
MX4: Maria Harrington\Diarmuid O Mathuna V Joanna Alice Riordan\Billy Perrott 6-4\6-3
MD5: Senan Ahern\Damien O Donovan V Brian Barnes\Kevin Day 6-2\6-2
WD5: Lelia Blake\Eileen Geaney V Laura Ahern\Sheila McCarthy 6-1\7-6
MX5: Mary Barnes\Brian Barnes V Catherine McCarthy\Niall Coonan 6-3\1-6\7-6
MD6: Tom Moore\Tim Ryan V Kieran O Callaghan\Alan Preston 4-6\6-1\7-5
WD6: Fidelma O Brien\Eadaoin O Riordan V Tina Bushe\Linda St. Ledger 6-4\6-3
MX6: Eadaoin O Riordan\Tim Ryan V Suzanne Marie McClean\Paul O Connell 7-5\6-2

Monday, May 10, 2010

Carrigaline GSK Junior Open Results

The Carrigaline GSK Junior Open finals were played over the May bank holiday weekend with some very entertaining matches.
As you can see by the winners list, the tournament attracted some of the best of local talent.
Well done to all who took part, especially the winners.
Congratulations to the tournament committee on running a very successful tournament and a special mention to the sponsors GSK.  All tournaments need sponsors and it is great to see companies still willing to support local sports.
U12 Boys Winner: Sean O'Callaghan (Sundays Well)

U12 Girls Winner: Tanya Cox (Limerick Lawn)

U14 Boys Winner: Niall Casey (St Michaels)

U14 Girls Winner: Alex Duboy (Carrigaline)

U16 Boys Winner: Mark Hannon (Rushbrooke)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Congratulations Conor Niland - Winner of ATP Challenger event in Israel.

What an amazing week for Conor in Israel.  He is currently playing some of the best tennis of his career and this was obvious after his second round victory over world no.75 and former Austrailan Open finalist(2003) and Wimbledon semi finalist(2008), Rainer Schuettler, seeded 3 in this event.
Before the event Conor was ranked 222 in the world and to win the event he had to beat 4 players ranked above him.
The same applied for the final where he beat Brazilian Thiago Alves tournament seed no.4 and world ranked 116.  The final was a hard fought 3 set match and despite losing the first Conor came back to win on a score of 5-7, 7-6, 6-3.
Conor now moves well inside the worlds top 200 and becomes the Irish number 1 again.
Well done Conor and best of luck for the rest of the season.
More from Conor here.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

St. Michaels Open Vets

It’s that’s time of year again where all the vets are kindly requested to rid themselves of their Zimmer frames and cast off those winter thermals.
The annual vets’ tournament starts on the 20th May and continue to the 22nd.
Always a very well supported event with a lively social element. Entry forms are available on line, please click the request online tab below and enter on-line. Alternatively, e-mail your entry to us at
There will be a BBQ on the Friday night (21st May) with light and strong refreshments available at the usual nominal cost. A great night is guaranteed and we hope as many as possible will get involved and enjoy the few days.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

East Cork Junior Championships

The next open event on the junior calender is The East Cork Junior Championships in Lower Aghada Tennis and Sailing Club from the 12 - 16th of May.
This event is always well run and all visitors are made feel very welcome.
For all who know Lower Aghada you'll know it is set in beautiful surroundings, so at least if your game isn't going great you can enjoy the scenery.
For details about this event contact the club on 021-4661200.