There were victories for three of the eight Irish players in action on the opening day of the FBD Irish Open at Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club in Dublin.
Local hope Rob Dudley was an impressive 7-5, 6-3 winner against Simon Ede of Australia.
Dudley started tentatively and was 5-3 down in the opening set before rattling off seven consecutive games which ensured he wrapped up the first set and gained a strong foothold in the second.
The wildcard entry displayed composure and consistency along with excellent net play to progress to the second round.
Number one seed Sam Barry utilised his big serve well in a 6-3, 6-3 victory over compatriot Peter Bothwell in the only all-Irish clash.
The other Irish winner was seventh seed Daniel Glancy.
The Mayo native beat Britain’s Isaac Stoute 6-4, 6-2. Glancy was very consistent and tactically astute, while Stoute’s play was blighted by numerous unforced errors.
David O’Hare, who has just begun his career as a professional, made a promising start before being eliminated by fourth seed Yannick Jankovits on a 6-7 (7-2), 6-4, 6-3 scoreline.
The Dubliner led 4-2 in the second set before a series of unforced errors allowed the Frenchman back into the match. Jankovits proceeded to win four games in a row to win the second set and clinically closed out the match.
Bruce Strachan saw off Brendan Dempsey 7-6 (7-3), 6-1. The Dubliner, who came through qualifying, recorded an early break of serve as Strachan struggled to get going. However, after surviving a second break of serve, the Scot warmed to the task, and prevailed in the tie-breaker before cantering to an ultimately comfortable success.
The unorthodox Nicolas Rosenzweig hammered number one Irish junior Bjorn Thomson 6-1, 6-2. The ambidextrous Frenchman is a tricky opponent as he utilises a forehand on each wing and serves with both hands.
Alan Gleeson was another Irish wildcard to fall at the first hurdle as he struggled to deal with the raw power of Britain’s Sam Hutt. The world number 1308 fired a barrage of unreturnable serves en route to a 6-4, 6-3 victory.