Brendan Dempsey was the only Irish player to reach the final qualifying round following today’s FBD Irish Open action at Fitzwilliam.
The Donnybrook man played some great tennis in defeating Joan Tsonev of Bulgaria 6-1, 6-1. Dempsey will play Rowan Isaaks of Britain for a place in the main draw.
Elsewhere, Mark Carpenter lost 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 to Ben Stride. The British man’s big hitting game proved too strong for the Naas player in the decisive set.
The remaining Irish players; George McGill, Fergus O’Connell and Paul Keoghan all lost in straight sets.
Ireland’s Fabio Molle and Bjorn Thomson will also play for a place in the main draw tomorrow.
There are six Irish players guaranteed a spot in the main draw with Limerick’s Sam Barry top seed.
In other tennis news, James McGee, the Irish number one reached the semi-final of a challenger tournament in Granby in Canada before losing to Hiroki Moriya in three sets last night.
McGee’s run to the semi-final though ensures he will be inside the top 200 in the world for the first time when the latest rankings are revealed on Tuesday.
In what was a good week for Irish tennis, James Cluskey, playing with Laurynas Grigelis, reached the final of the doubles in a challenger event in Recanati in Italy before losing in a championship tie-break
Irish results from Fitzwilliam
George Mc Gill (IRL) lost Adam Skalsky (GBR) 6-2, 6-4
Paul Keoghan (IRL) lost Isaac Stoute (USA) 6-0, 6-0
Fergus O’Connell (IRL) lost Edward Seator (GBR) 7-6 (4), 7-5
Mark Carpenter (IRL) lost Ben Stride (GBR) 6-1, 2-6, 6-3
Brendan Dempsey (IRL) bt Joan Tsonev (BUL) 6-1, 6-1