Two Irishmen progressed from the final round of the qualifying event at the FBD Men’s Irish Open today with Bjorn Thomson and Brendan Dempsey both recording victories.
Thomson, who is currently Ireland’s number one ranked junior, had a very impressive 6-3 6-4 victory over Great Britain’s Edward Seator.
Thomson, who looks like one to watch for the future, demonstrated impressive hitting off both the forehand and backhand wings, and ultimately proved too solid for his British opponent.
Dublin man Dempsey was similarly impressive in a comprehensive 6-0 6-2 defeat of Great Britain’s Rowan Isaaks.
Dempsey, who is currently attending Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina on a tennis scholarship, got off to flying start and raced through the first set.
While Isaaks mounted a mini-comeback in the second, Dempsey’s solid all round game was ultimately too much for him and Dempsey can now look forward to his first main draw match on the ITF Pro Circuit.
The tournament’s main draws were also released today, and a veritable feast of tennis is in store on Tuesday, with all eleven Irish players participating involved at some point across the day. Notable matches include Dublin’s David O’Hare against the tournament’s fourth seed Yannick Jankovits.
This will be O’Hare’s first match as a professional on home soil, after recently completing an impressive collegiate career at the University of Memphis.
Following O’Hare onto court will arguably be the match of the day, which will see Limerick’s Sam Barry, the tournament’s number one seed, take on Peter Bothwell from County Down.
Bothwell comes into the match on the back of a career best performance last week in the UK, where he won four ITF pro circuit matches in a row and obtained his first ever world ranking point.
Former Wimbledon doubles champion Frederik Nilsen is also in action tomorrow in both singles and doubles.
The Dane will first face Sweden’s Stefan Borg in a morning singles match before partnering Ed Corrie of Great Britain in doubles action later in the day. They will face the all German pair of Christian Hirschmueller and Denis Kapric.
Play begins at 10am in Fitzwilliam LTC tomorrow and will last until well into the evening. Admission is free throughout the week.