Men’s Summer Doubles League
Club night commenced last Monday with the men’s summer doubles league. Kieran Mc Carthy and Rob Kearney were the winning combination, both earning four points each. Marek Rose and Dave Costello were second and gained three points each. Harry O’Rourke partnered Benny Maginess for the two points on offer while duos Martin O’ Rourke/John Bray and Sai Palada/John Hannon were awarded the minimum each. Play is from 7.30 to 9.30 and all members are welcome to participate in this friendly competitive league.
Wednesday: Ladies Night
Anna Walsh, Anne Dooley, Mary Jo O’ Farrell and Rose Costello played and enjoyed a doubles match last Wednesday. Ladies have exclusive use of the courts every Wednesday and all members are welcome to participate, teams will be organised at 7.30.
Thursday & Sunday: Mixed Doubles
Lola Fernandaz Palos and Michael Doheny were the formidable combination at our first mixed doubles summer event. Julie Costello and Isaac Del Saz Palos were very competitive while Deborah Mc Keown and Marek Rose played exceptional tennis.
Sunday’s mixed doubles starts at 11 and last week Evgeniya Yurchenko and Dave Costello were a good partnership, Evgeniya was at her competitive best at the net, winning many points.
All existing members are reminded that their fobs will be deactivated from next Monday for non-payment of membership fees Potential members can now join our friendly club also. Please visit our website, athlonetennisclub.com, for further information. Fees can, preferably, be paid on line.
Clem Higginbotham’s coaching sessions continue every Saturday at 10am for children 5 to 9 years old. At 11 he coaches children ages 10 to 12 and he coaches older children from 12 noon. Please contact Clem at 0864022490 to register for these sessions as numbers are limited.
The French Open Finals
The ladies’ French Open competition, at Roland Garros, was historic. Unseeded Barbora Krejcikova won her maiden Grand Slam against 31st seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. It was an unforgettable week for Barbora, as she partnered Katerina Siniakova, to win the ladies doubles event also.
In the men’s competition, fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, had an excellent tournament but the old order still holds, the experience of number one seed, Novak Djokovic, prevailed. He lifted the Musketeers’ Trophy winning his nineteenth Grand Slam title. He is favourite to achieve his twentieth on grass next month, equalling Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.