Men’s Doubles Competition
This competition commenced last Monday and the initial winners were Kieran Mc Carthy and Oisin Stonge. In second place were Dave Costello and P J O’ Reilly with George Bodor and Ghanshyam Godara taking third place. Men’s captain Des Windsor Mc Glynn will be organising next week’s competition and teams will be arranged at 7.30 sharp.
Coach Derek Stenson is commencing his tennis lessons for junior members the week starting 16th January. For details of these sessions you may contact him at 0851080013 or email email@example.com. Derek is setting up a Midlands tennis circuit where there will be matches for children from under 8 to under 16. He aims to have an event every month at a different club across the midlands. This is an exciting new adventure for midland tennis clubs and an excellent opportunity for our young players to meet and compete against other children.
Club nights continue every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 7.30 until 9.30. Men compete every Monday, the ladies play on Tuesdays with mixed doubles competitions on Thursdays.
The Qatar men’s open final last Sunday between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, the world’s number 1 and 2 respectively, was an engrossing match played over 3 hours. Both players gave of their all playing long exhausting rallies. Djokovic, looking much leaner, claimed his first title of the new-year winning 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.
Men’s Australian Open
Both players of course will be in Australia, next week, for the first Grand Slam tournament of the new year and will be joined by the other big two competitors Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Roger with 17 Grand Slam titles, Rafa with 14, Novak with 12 and Andy with 3 are almost certain to dominate the four big tournaments in 2017and add to their collections. The present numbers 1 and 2 players are likely to share all the spoils and going on their first outing of the year we can look forward to exhilarating and titanic tennis matches.
Ladies Australian Open
Margaret Court has 24 Grand Slam titles with Serena Williams and Steffi Graf on 22 each. Serena may increase her collection this year, her chief opponent will be last year’s double Grand Slam winner Angelique Kerber. There are a plethora of young ladies competing but they are finding it very difficult to make a break through and dominate as other ladies have done in the past.
Mullingar’s seventeen year old Simon Carr will compete in the Australian open junior competition also next week. He has steadily climbed up the junior ranks over the past year and is making noticeable progress. Best of luck Simon in the tournament.