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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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Congratulations to Cork's International Players

Congratulations to Niamh Coveney and Jamie Blake on their selection to the Irish Senior team,  and Rachel Daly and David Gardiner who have both being selected for the U-14 team for the the Four Nations in Cardiff from the 9th to the 12th of September.

This is a magnificent achievement for all 4 and the very best of luck.

Douglas Senior Doubles Results

Mens Doubles 1\2 - Rob Murphy\Antoine Bercy V Niall Chandler\Derek Lane 6\3, 6\1
Mens Doubles 3 - Bill Howie\Eddie Ronayne V Niall Cloke\Alan McDonagh 7\5, 6\3
Mens Doubles 4 - Paul Healy\John Ryan V Dermot Carbery\Kevin Moynihan 6\2, 5\7, 6\0
Mens Doubles 5 - Neil Hogan\Bobby Thompson V Peter Howie\Tim Ryan 6\3, 6\3
Mens Doubles 6 - Donal Murphy\John O Donovan V Pa O Donoghue\Conor Ahern 7\5, 5\7, 6\2
Womens Doubles 1\2 - Liz Clifford\Karen O Donovan V Lisa Long\Carmel Daly 3\6, 6\3, 6\4
Womens Doubles 3 - Gillian\Louise Brohan V Clodagh Fitzgerald\Siobhan Murray 3\6, 7\5, 7\6
Womens Doubles 4 - Maria Harrington\Ann Rose Purdon V Carol Mulcahy\Joanna Riordan ret. inj.
Womens Doubles 5 - Anne Marie Collins\Gillian Wall V Laura Ahern\Sheila McCarthy 2\6, 6\0, 7\5
Womens Doubles 6 - Susan Cogan\Deirdre Deane V Fiona Doran\Ger O Callaghan 6\4, 6\1
Mixed 1\2 - Conor\Mary Claire McCarthy V Mike Warrin\Carmel Daly 6\1, 2\6, 7\6
Mixed 3 - Eddie Ronayne\Orla Hosford V Kalene Kenefick\Niall Cloke 6\2, 6\2
Mixed 4 - Robert Jenkins\Monica Twomey V Robert Murphy\Edel Coughlan 6\1, 6\2
Mixed 5 - Tim Ryan\Eadaoin O Riordan V Don Cahalane\Maria Crowley 6\4, 7\5
Mixed 6 - Douglas Kelly\Sarah Morris V Declan Whelan Curtin\Rosemary McCarthy 7\5, 6\4.

Federer does it again!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Awards for three Bishopstown Tennis Club Members.

The Cork International Airport Southside Sports Star Awards for August were announced recently and the winners were 3 Bishopstown members Emma Murphy, Cian Blake and Jamie Blake for their part in Munster's magnificent Interprovincial win in Dundalk.

The awards were presented at a luncheon where the July winner, Graham Cummins, Cork City FC, was also presented with his award.

The awards were attended by the parents of the recepients, representatives from the Munster Branch of Tennis Ireland and representatives of Bishopstown Tennis Club.

The Deputy Lord Mayor and the County Mayor both spoke along with Sean O'Sullivan, the organiser. They congratulated Emma, Jamie and Cian along with the whole team, on their great win for Munster and also the fact that Jamie and Cian were the first brothers to win the Senior Interpros for Munster. They also congratulated Bishopstown Tennis Club for being the best represented club on the Munster team.

The awards were sponsored by Gerald McCarthy.

The three winners now been invited to the end of year awards night where they will be put forward for the overall year award, along with others such as Ronan O'Gara, Michael Shields etc.

Congratulations to Emma, Cian and Jamie on their marvellous achievement and best of luck for the overall award.

Photos courtesy of Cork International Airport Hotel.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Congratulations to Siobhan and David - Irish Open title holders

The Irish Junior Open finished yesterday at Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club and Cork were represented in 4 finals as mentioned in a previous post and out of the 4 finals we had 2 winners.

Siobhan Ryan Bovey teamed up with Sinead Lohan to win the under 16 girls doubles.  Siobhan had a very good week as she also reached the finals of the under 16 girls singles where she met an inspired opponent in Jane Fennelly.
This tops off a great year for Siobhan where she won various tournaments and also played Interprovincials at under 18.
Well done Siobhan, we'll watch this space for next year.

David Gardiner was partnered by Eoin McGovern to win the boys under 14 doubles in a very high standard event.
David had a very good week overall where he also got to the semi finals of the boys under 14 singles and was partnered by Rachel Daly to reach the semi finals of the under 14 mixed.
David too has had a great year, in which he won a lot of titles in his own age group and age groups above his.

The fourth finalist was Rachel Daly and after some great matches during the week this was just one too many but still a fabulous achievement to be in the Irish Open final.

Well done to all, 3 definites to watch for the future.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Douglas Senior Open Doubles Finals on Today

The finals of the Douglas Senior Open doubles tournament takes place today and you will be guaranteed a great days tennis if you go along and watch.

With 15 events ranging from grade 1 to 6 there will be something there for everyone.

To see who's winning click here.

East of Ireland Open Update

Niamh Coveney plays in 2 finals today in the East of Ireland at Lansdowne Tennis Club.

In the singles final she takes on fellow Federation Cup player, Lynsey McCullough from Belfast and then partnered by Lynsey they take on Lesley O Halloran and Holly Monahan in what should be a very good doubles match.

Best of luck Niamh.
Scores and results here.

William Fry Junior Irish Open Finals Day

Good luck to all the Cork players in finals today in Fitzwilliam.

Girls Singles U-14 Rachel Daly,
Boys Doubles U-14 David Gardiner partnered by Eoin McGovern,
Girls Singles U-16 Siobhan Ryan Bovey,
Girls Doubles U-16 Siobhan Ryan Bovey partnered by Sinead Lohan.

Well done on getting to the finals now take it a step further.
Keep up to date with scores and results here.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Good luck to all Cork Juniors in Fitz!

Or to give it its full title The William Fry Junior Lawn Tennis Championships of Ireland 2010.
This for the Juniors is the big one, to be the best in Ireland.

There is a huge turnout for this event every year and this year is no different with over 300 entrants across all the age groups.
Qualifying rounds to get into the main draws take place this Saturday and Sunday and play begins Monday morning at 7:30am.

Cork have a lot of players travelling this week and hopefully next week I will be writing about a few Irish Open Champions.

Good luck to all players travelling from Cork (too many to mention) and believe in yourselves.
Draws and results here.

Senior Open Tennis season winding down.

The Senior Open season is winding down with 4 opens to go.
Douglas open doubles is currently up and running and with another good entry, it should be a very enjoyable tournament.

Next on the calender is Aghada where the East Cork Open takes place from the 21st to the 28th of August, entries close on Monday the 16th, to enter just click here or to check your draw click here.
Aghada have added a grade 1 section this year so the event covers grade 1 to 6 doubles.

Aghada is followed by Ballinlough Open, and you can enter online here.
Ballinlough is a doubles only tournament for grades 3 to 6 and is always one of the more popular ones.

The last event on the senior calender is Bandon Open, this will run from the 18th of September to the 25th of September and details on entering this event to follow.

This will bring an end to the 2010 Senior calender of Opens but before we know it the Winter leagues will have kicked off and we'll all be fighting for our clubs over the winter months.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Now On - Douglas Senior Open Doubles

Douglas Open Doubles started Tuesday the 10th and runs until Saturday the 21st.
There are some very big draws and the prospect of some very good matches the whole way to finals day.
To keep up to date with scores or to check your draw, click here.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Andy Murray at his Best?

Munster - Senior Interprovincial Champions 2010

No matter how many times I say it or hear it I don't think I'll ever get sick of it.

The Senior Interpros were on last weekend in Dundalk Tennis Club and what a weekend it proved to be.
I am delighted to have being a part of it and proud to have being part of that team.

The team was Niamh Coveney, Andrea Maughan, Aoife O Neill, Joanne Williamson, Emma Murphy, Jamie Blake, Cian Blake, Paul Fitzgerald, Rob Leahy, Kevin Rea (our sky sports roaming reporter) and our captain Liam O Brien (who seemed to be everywhere).

From the time the team was announced we started to talk about the possibility of winning. We knew we had a strong team and the people on the team had being performing well over the summer so then you start to believe you have a chance.

I have played in a lot of interpros with a lot of talented players but talent doesn't always guarantee success, being part of a team that you believe in and are willing to fight for can help produce results when they don't always seem possible.

We shared that believe and spirit and this was evident from early on the train journey on Thursday morning when Emma started her interviews and the team bonding began.

We practiced well, played some unbelieveable tennis, and every player when finished got behind the next match and provided the most amazing support that I really believe helped unnerve our opponents.

Some people may not understand what this means to us but we shared the most amazing weekend with highs and lows and to watch people dig in when the going got tough made me so proud to be part of this Munster Team.

Well done to all (and I can't believe no-one found those ATP points).