By John O'Donovan
The main draw of the FBD Men’s Irish Open at Fitzwilliam gets underway today with a number of Irish players in action.
First up is one of Ireland’s top juniors, Peter Bothwell who faces off against the tournament’s number five seed, Richard Gabb of Great Britain. Another youngster to watch is Robert Dudley plays Alexander Jhun of Great Britain.
Carlow man, Julian Bradley, will be looking to obtain his first ever ATP world ranking point when he takes on Jathan Malik of Great Britain.
Day one also sees a welcome return to the tournament for Irish international, Colin O’Brien. His last match in the tournament came in 2011, when he captured the doubles title with James Cluskey.
Having struggled with injuries for the last two years, he has made a welcome return to competition this year and has been in a rich vein of form on the national circuit this summer.
O’Brien will be hoping to continue this form into the tournament and make a deep run in both singles and doubles. First up for him, tomorrow, will be Luca Serena of Italy.
The match of the day is undoubtedly Daniel Cox against John Morrissey. Cox, a former winner of the event and this year’s number two seed will come up against one of Irish tennis’ most exciting prospects in Morrissey.
Having enjoyed a very successful season at Stanford University, where he played number one singles and recorded a number of highly impressive victories, Morrissey goes into the match with a real opportunity of causing the tournament’s first big shock.