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McGee: Pressure is now off
23 Aug 2014 20:08
Ireland’s James McGee believes he can “do better” after qualifying for his first grand slam event, the US Open.
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The 27-year-old Dubliner came through the final qualifying round in New York on Friday to set up a meeting with Kazakstan’s Aleksandr Nedovyesov, ranked 108 in the world, in the first round proper, either on Monday or Tuesday.
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McGee is ranked 195th but feels that, having made the cut at the Flushing Meadows, the pressure is now off.
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“This is something I’ve worked for my entire life. I’m absolutely delighted, it’s absolutely huge for me,” the Castleknock man told RTÉ Sport.
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“It’s been something that’s been burning within me for years, just to get into a [grand] slam [event].
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“In a way the pressure is off because I’ve actually done it now and I can go out and enjoy my tennis.
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"I think it’s going to help for the next few months, just playing other tournaments, knowing in my heart I’ve done it.
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“It really does give me that belief. I think I can do better, to be honest. Let’s just wait and see how the next match goes and hopefully I can get the win.”
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