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, June 28, 2010

Kinsale Open and Sundays Well Open photos due shortly

Anyone who took part in Kinsale and Sundays Well Opens watch this space for photos taken during both weeks.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Lakewood Senior Open Underway

Lakewood Senior Open is underway and to keep up to date with the scores or to check when you're playing click on the highlighted links.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Busy Times for Open Tournaments

Here's a list of upcoming Junior and Senior events, where you can either enter online or during the week of the tournament check your times and watch the scores:

Junior Events
Douglas Junior Open
Sundays Well
Bishopstown - Bishopstown Junior Open 2010

Senior events
Lakewood - Lakewood Open 2010
Carrigaline - Carrigaline ASTRA Senior Open Doubles 2010
Rushbrooke - FDC Championships of County Cork 2010

Monday, June 21, 2010

Munster Senior Open 2010 Results

Sundays Well finished on Saturday in magnificent sunshine and anyone who attended was treated to some fabulous tennis.

With 30 finals across 6 grades, a full days entertainment was guaranteed and those who showed up to watch weren't disappointed.

A congratulations to Jean Downey and her tournament committe on a very successful week and to the sponsors Caledonian Life.

The results are as follows: (winners named first)
WS1 - Niamh Coveney V Mary Claire McCarthy 6-0/6-1
MS1 - Jamie Blake V Kevin Rea 6-3/6-1
WS2 - Round Robin Winner - Connie Creed
MS2 - Conor McCarthy V Peter Brennan 4-6/7-5/ret inj
WS3 - Clodagh Fitzgerald V Joanne Riordan 6-2/6-2
MS3 - Peter Brennan V Rob Sheahan 6-4/6-4
WS4 - Anne Rose Purdon V Tanya Colclough 6-1/6-1
MS4 - John Ryan V Anthony Coughlan 6-1/6-2
WS5 - Glyslaine Hegarty V Lelia Blake 7-5/6-2
MS5 - Kevin Moynihan V Peter Howie 1-6/6-2/6-2
WS6/7 - Suzanne Buckley V Sarah Morris 6-7/6-1/7-6
MS6/7 - Peter Nolan V Rowen Conway 6-4/6-4
WD1 - Round Robin Winners - Niamh Coveney/Joanne Williamson
MD1 - Bernard De Boer/Rob Leahy V Jamie/Cian Blake 6-4/7-5
MX1 - Round Robin Winners - Joanne Williamson/Cian Blake
WD2 - Connie Creed/Grace Reidy V Sommer Craig/Un Ryle 6-3/6-4
MD2 - Conor Kelly/Rob Sheahan V Joe Donovan/Pat Smith 7-6/6-4
MX2 - Conor Kelly/Un Ryle V Ron O Mahony/Lisa Long 6-0/6-4
WD3 - Clodagh Fitzgerald/Siobhan Murray V Kay Lynch/Daragh Quinn 6-1/6-2
MD3 - Seamus Moynihan/John Ryan V Niall Cloke/Alan McDonagh 4-6/6-4/6-4
MX3 - David Thompson/Lisa Long V Paul O Callaghan/Berni Kenny 7-6/6-1
WD4 - Lisa Fulcher/Joanne O Keeffe V Maria Harrington/Deirdre Murphy 6-2/6-1
MD4 - Gus Bowen/Kevin Moynihan V Declan Alton/Martin Neary 6-1/6-3
MX4 - Niall Ahern/Carol Daly V Noel Murphy/Lisa Fulcher 5-7/6-4/6-0
WD5 - Lelia Blake/Eileen Geaney V Margaret Cronin/Carol Ann O Shea 6-4/6-2
MD5 - Edmond Condren/Robert Thompson V John Mulcahy/Jonathon Mulcahy 6-3/6-3
MX5 - Brian/Mary Barnes V Kevin Day/Trisha O Leary 6-0/6-3
WD6/7 - Fidelma O Brien/Eadaoin O Riordan V Liz Brosnan/Therese Horn 7-5/7-5
MD6/7 - Derek Murphy/John O Donovan V Barry O Brien/Tim Ryan 7-5/4-6/6-4
MX6/7 - Conor Ahern/Eadaoin O Riordan V Paul Hogan/Lyn O Sullivan 6-4/6-4

Maher Sports Tennis Sale Now On.

Maher Sports Tennis Sale Now On

20% off all tennis product for one week only.

Try before you buy - Demo Night this Thursday
The Sports Village
7 to 9pm
All welcome.

Keep in touch with Wimbledon live scores here

Wimbledon Live scoreboard available here.

Kinsale Open Speech and Photos..

The following is the speech of Kinsale Tennis Club President, Phil Lynch, on finals day of the tournament.
Apologies for the delay in the photos, should have them posted with this article soon.

"Welcome to players and supporters to the 5th Kinsale Open finals day. Welcome especially to Cliff Carroll, President of Tennis Ireland Munster Branch

We started this tournament 5yrs ago with 120 entries and this year I’m proud to say we have had 224 players representing 13 clubs throughout Cork. We really appreciate the support of all our neighbouring clubs and our old friends from the city clubs and welcome to new friends from Clonakilty, their first year of entry and it’s great to see them do so well in the tournament.

We have enjoyed and had been even thrilled by the tennis matches played here during the week – especially in the rain of Sunday and Monday – deservedly a lot of them are here today. We have had an extremely entertaining display of tennis here today – congratulations to all the finalists.

I would like to thank the Kinsale Tennis Committee who is constantly working to ensure the smooth running and development of our club. In particular I’d like to thank sincerely the Open Committee, Fiona Doran, Noreen Collins, Giles Norman, Mick and Rose Scully who have collectively run another successful tournament. Thanks also goes to Michael Buckley, who has kept us fed, making all our dinners throughout the week and with Neil Hogan, the delicious BBQ today. His support throughout the year at all our functions is very much appreciated by everyone here in the club.

In Kinsale we are fortunate to have an enormous team (headed by Rose Scully) who volunteer their time and culinary skills, providing and serving food during the week which you will all agree is exceptional – thank to each one of them.

I would like to especially mention two people – Jim Good for his continuous support to me and to the club and for being our No.1 trouble shooter. The second is Mark Butler for his design and woodwork skills helping to transform the clubhouse and making the kitchen work so much better this year.

Now, on to the prize giving, with a huge thank you to our Sponsors, Giles and Catherine Norman, of Giles Norman Photography. It’s becoming a tradition and always a bonus for the finalists to receive a Giles Norman photograph as a prize. Thank you to them for their continued sponsorship of the tournament.

Also thanks to past members Ashley and Jane Esterhuizen for giving each of our winners a bottle of liquor to enjoy after a hard weeks work.

Finally, On behalf of the club I wish everyone success and great tennis in the summer tournaments, safe home and hope to see you all here next year."

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Sports Village Summer Tennis Offers

31ST AUGUST 2010
31ST AUGUST 2010

A customer who is not an Easy Pass Member playing with an Easy Pass member maust pay 50% of regular court fee (eg. €20 indoor court fee before 5pm, so non easy pass member must pay €10)
Easy Pass Membership is non transferable.
Courts may need to be pre booked at busy times.
Easy Pass Members receive preferential booking on courts.

Wilson Ad - This is Good.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Argideen Vale Senior Open

Argideen Vale Senior Open runs from the 20th of June to the 26th of June.
This is the special one, if you haven't played in Argideen before you are missing something really special.
This open is played on real grass courts, which I hear this year are the best they have ever being.
The setting is beautiful, but drive slowly because you could miss the entrance, on entering you will see nothing but grass, with it's grass courts and croquet lawns in perfect condition for you to enjoy.
The clubhouse is very welcoming and has great character to it.
This tournament should definitely be on your diary especially if you haven't played there before.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Sundays Well Draws and Score updates available here

The draws are now available for Sundays Well Open and during the course of the week the scores will be available from here.

Keep in touch with what's happening throughout the week.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

New to Cork or just visiting - Find out about the tennis scene here

Whether you are new to Cork or just visiting you can find out all you need to know about the Cork tennis scene here.

This blog has all the relevant information whether it is where can you pay and play or which clubs you can join.

I also provide links to all open tournaments held in Cork so you can enter thru here and following up to that I provide results and if people look good enough in the photos of the event..

If there is any info not available thru the blog then you can email me and I will find out what you need to know.

Enjoy your tennis.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Sundays Well - Munster Senior Open Tennis Championships 2010

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The Munster Senior Open Tennis Championships

This is one of the main events on the Cork tennis calender every year and is no different this year.
The Open starts on Saturday the 12th of June and finishes on Saturday the 19th of June.

All draws and results will be posted here during the week.

Congratulations to Anne and Un - Irish Open Vets Champions

Congratulations to Anne Naughton and Un Ryle on their magnificent victory at the Irish Open Vets in Elm Park over the weekend.

They won the O-40 Ladies doubles in a tough competition, the unseeded pair came thru 3 rounds to win the final in straight sets coming back from 5-2 down in the first to win on a scoreline of 7-5, 6-1.

This isn't their first win this year but probably their biggest, Congratlations girls, a pair to watch for the rest of the year.

Kinsale Open Results

Congratulations to all who took part in the finals day at Kinsale, it was a great success with some very close matches across all grades.

Well done to the Kinsale players that made it to the finals and of course to all who were involved in organising a very successful tournament.

Below are the results of the finals with photos and full report to follow shortly.

MD3: Bill Howie\Eddie Ronayne V Sebastian Kadau\Ondre Sebelka 5-7/6-2/6-3
WD3: Lisa Long\Joanne Riordan V Clodagh Fitzgerald\Siobhan Murray 7-5/7-5
MX3: Lisa Long\David Thompson V Orla Hosford\David Carroll 4-6/7-5/6-4
MD4: Gus Bowen\John Hurley V Ed Condren\Ondre Sebelka 6-4/6-3
LD4: Carol Mulcahy\Joanne Riordan V Lisa Fulcher\Joanne O Keeffe 6-1/6-2
MX4: Carol Daly\Niall Ahern V Jesse Morris\Sebastian Kadau 6-0/6-4
MD5: Will Bartley\Michael Kukucha V Senan Aherne\Damien O Donovan 4-6/6-3/6-2
LD5: Therese Hurley\Tara Mukerjee V Emma Crowley\Aoife Moloney 4-6/6-3/6-4
MX5: Gillian Wall\Neil Hogan V Therese Hurley\Michael Kukucha 2-6/6-1/6-3
MD6: Derek Murphy\John O Donovan V Billy Duane\Tony Lawlor 6-2/6-2
LD6: Liz Moore\Eadaoin O Riordan V Rhea Monkhouse\Joanne O Donovan 6-3/6-4
MX6: Eadaoin O Riordan/Tim Ryan V Cathy Brooks\Rod Coleman 7-5/6-1.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Are you fuelled up for the season?

This is an extract from a recent article in Tennis Life magazine written by Anne Parkhurst, Academy Director for the David Lloyd Leisure Tennis School.
It applies to all of us as we are all striving to improve.  We practice hard and feel our game is improving but yet when our level drops during tournaments we wonder why.  Here are some points that we can all do very easily without any extra effort.

Have you ever watched what the pros do as they change ends or take time between sets?  They always have some fluid and sometimes a cereal bar, a banana or another similar type of snack.
The fluid they take can be just plain water or some sort of energy drink - but it is likely to be both.  A normal tennis match will take over an hour  and research shows after playing for an hour water is not enough to keep the body working at a high level.  Players need to replenish the electrolytes that they have lost in playing so energy drinks are essential.
When taking a drink the pros generally start with some water then some energy drink and they repeat this 4 or 5 times at every change of end, even at the change of ends in the tiebreak.
You will notice that the pros maintain almost the same standard of play at the end of a match as they did at the beginning.  One of the main reasons for this is obviously their level of fitness but being fit won't help you if you become dehydrated and lack energy.  As your energy level drops so does your concentration and that is when mistakes happen.
Assuming club players want to improve, can they learn from the pros?  Are hydration and diet important in tennis?  Does what happens before and after a match matter?  The answer to all these questions is yes?

Eating for Tennis.The first objective for a player at any level is a balanced diet with regular meals that will give enough fuel for general day to day living, training and matches.
It is important to have regular intake of protein and carbohydrates as well as fats and fibre - the five a day rule is a good one.  You also need to balance your food intake with your exercise output.
Where tennis can be a difficult sport in which to think about diet and getting your energy levels right is that there is no real season.  When you do compete you could play several matches in a day: and you never know how long each match can take, so a daily high quality diet is a basic need.

How to prepare for a hard practice, match or tournament.One secret of the pros that we can all benefit from is to understand wht and when they eat.  Fuelling up with energy from complex crbohydrates like pasta, cereal and bread before a match is important because of the "slow release" nature of the energy this gives you.
On the day of a match breakfast is important, again to build the energy stores you will need (try to avoid fatty foods because they take a long time to digest).
Make sure you eat three to four hours before you play or practice so that you have time to digest the food.  If you know you have practice or a match after school/work, make sure you have lunch so your energy levels are high.

During the match or practice.
Like what we said earllier make sure you have water and an energy drink and take some regularly, also have either cereal bars or fruit and eat some pieces at a time.  Try to avoid chocolate because this just gives you a quick boost and does not rebuild your energy stores.

After the match or practice.This is very important to get right.  You should try your best to have some complex carbohydrates and protein very soon after playing.  Both have been proved to be necessary to help your body recover more quickly.  Eating within 30 minutes of playing would be best.

So to play at your best, make sure you always have a balanced and adequate diet.
Make sure you have complex carbohydrates sometime before you play and that you have small cereal bar type snacks in your bag for a long match.
Make sure you have a protein and carbohydrate meal within an hour of finishing so your body can recover quicker.
Begin hydrating the day before your match.
Always start a match or practice well hydrated.
Take enough water and an energy drink you like on court with you.
Drink a few mouthfuls of fluid each change of end and also between sets.  Do this at regular intervals in practice too.
Rehydrate after practice/match even if you don't feel thirsty.

These are very relevant to players no matter what your level and hopefully should help us all.

Check out other articles available thru this blog here.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Mahers Sports Tennis Promotion Due Soon

Maher Sports are running a tennis promotion week again this year where there will be loads of deals and discounts available in store on ALL their tennis products for this week only, ask in store for details.

In conjunction with this they will be holding an OPEN DEMO NIGHT on Thursday the 24th of June in The Sports Village from 7 - 9pm where various staff and coaches will be on hand to advise you when choosing a racket.  You will be able to try any racket from their full range on the night.
This night is open to anybody and again for more details ask in store or phone 021-4271244.