The FBD Irish Tennis Open begins on Sunday in Fitzwilliam with the qualifiers and the tournament proper starting on Tuesday
There will be plenty of Irish in action over the weekend.
The tournament itself will definitely feature six Irish players and it is likely that more Irish players will come through the qualifiers.
Ireland’s James McGee won the tournament in 2011 and the Irish players will be hoping to emulate his success this year.
The top Irish prospect this year will be Sam Barry who is currently enjoying his best year on tour to date winning two futures events, both in Israel. He was a semi-finalist in Dublin last year.
Castlebar’s Daniel Glancy, will also be again hoping for a good run in his home tournament having reached the quarter-final last year.
Another exciting Irish player is David O'Hare who recently turned pro after a very successful collegiate career where he was ranked third in NCAA Division I rankings (doubles) and will be looking to mount a serious challenge especially in doubles.
There is an excellent entry of international players from Europe, Australia and the United States.
A number of players who played recently in Wimbledon have entered the tournament with the chief attraction the Wimbledon 2012 doubles champion Freddie Nielsen
The tournament is the second oldest tournament in world tennis, first played in 1879, two years after Wimbledon began. Previous winners include William Renshaw, Rod Laver and Tony Roche.
Play begins at 11am each morning and admission is free.