Newcastle Tennis Club members were among the big winners at this year’s Clubworld Travel Ulster Junior Open, Northern Ireland’s premier tournament for young tennis players.
After a week of tennis at the Belfast Boat Club, it was game, set and match to Gabriel Corrigan in the Under-14 Boys’ novice tournament, while Megan McGreevy – who started her playing career at Newcastle – and her partner Katie Morris, emerged triumphant in the Under-21 Girls’ doubles championship.
After a 6-2, 6-1 quarter-final win against Hilden Tennis Club’s Conor Quinn, Corrigan met Adam Kennedy of the David Lloyd club in Belfast and dispatched him by an identical straight sets scoreline.
The final saw the Newcastle 13-year-old, who attends Shimna College, drawn against Hilden’s Carter Gregg, who had been a convincing winner in his earlier draws. The showdown was held at the Boat Club in Saturday’s driving rain and resulted in a tighter match for both boys. After securing the first set with a 6-4 win, Corrigan went down 3-5 in the second set, before reversing the momentum and winning four games in a row to secure a 7-5 victory and the Ulster novices’ championship.
McGreevy, who now represents Hawarden Tennis Club, won the Under-21 girls’ doubles 6-2, 7-6 against Larne’s Vivienne Bond and Rebecca Campbell.
Meanwhile, Ciaran Flanigan was runner-up in the Under-12 Boys’ novice plate after narrowly losing 6-4, 6-4 to David Armstrong of Belfast Boat Club.
In other categories within the Ulster Junior Open, Michael Flanigan and Sinead Flanigan enjoyed some close games in both singles and doubles tournaments in the Under-14 and Under-12 sections and all the Newcastle players came away with valuable championship experience, which will serve them well in future tournaments.
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