Tuesday 20 August 2019

Top aces on form

Two hundred here to make racquet

David Sutherland gets plenty of power behind this return of serve
David Sutherland gets plenty of power behind this return of serve
Dot Byrne in action over the weekend

The annual Rocket Broadband Wexford Senior Tennis Open was very well supported this year with 200 players from far and wide (including 17 players from Newport in Wales) competing for the various titles over the Bank holiday weekend.

The weather gods were kind with the only rain delays in the mixed doubles semi-finals on Saturday night. Tournament referee, Bernie Morrissey, congratulated all the players on a great event in which 24 finals were played on Monday on courts all over the county.

This event has always attracted the best tennis players in the country and this year was no exception. The ladies' championship singles was won by Sinéad Lohan (Tramore) who is on a tennis scholarship in the U.S. Sinéad beat Jane Fennelly (Donnybrook), a fellow U.S. student.

The men's championship singles final on Monday saw David O'Hare (Castleknock), who is number 230 in the world doubles rankings and has just gone professional in Europe and the U.S., defeat Luke Maguire from St. Anne's in Waterford.

There were many other great games over the weekend in singles, doubles and mixed doubles where all players performed at their own level and competitions were fierce, with several matches extending beyond two hours' duration.

The mixed doubles events have been building since their re-introduction in 2012 and are now very popular with the players. After over 3,500 games since Saturday morning, the last final on Monday evening was a great three-setter between well-known locals Jody Kehoe and Emer McCrea (Wexford) who beat Eddie Dempsey (Wexford) and Annette Kent (Carrickmines) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

This match was preceded by the Class 2/3 mixed final where Dot and Colm Byrne (Wexford) beat Julian (Gorey) and Anne Marie Breen (Swords) 6-4, 6-4 in a very tight match with just two breaks of serve dividing the pairs.

Tournament referee Bernie Morrissey thanked the local clubs and court owners for the use of their courts, sponsors Rocket Broadband and Kearney Property, and in particular the players, who continue to support this Wexford event each year.

The August weekend at the Boat Club has always been synonymous with the social and tennis mix, with the challenge of having a great fun weekend and being available to play tennis each day as early as 9.30 a.m.

On the social side, the barbecue at the Boat Club on Sunday night was a great success with entertainment from local band 'Fit for Kings' proving very popular. In spite of a very wet night, there was a great atmosphere in the club and, with plenty to eat and great entertainment, everybody had a brilliant night and still managed to arrive in time for their tennis matches on Monday morning.

Locals who did well in the tournament include the following:

Shane Jenkins (Wexford and Mount Pleasant), men's singles class 2/3 runner-up; Colm Byrne (Wexford) and Gary Quinn (Wexford), men's doubles class 2/3 runners-up; Colm Byrne (Wexford) and Dot Byrne (Wexford), mixed doubles class 2/3 winners; Julian Breen (Gorey) and Anne-Marie Breen (Swords), mixed doubles class 2/3 runners-up; Mary Coman (Wexford) and Emer McCrea (Wexford), ladies' doubles class 4 runners-up; Jody Kehoe (Wexford) and Emer McCrea (Wexford), mixed doubles class 4 winners; Eddie Dempsey (Wexford) and Annette Kent (Carrickmines), mixed doubles class 4 runners-up; Stuart Copeland (Hillbrook) and Jacinta Doyle-Somers (Glynn-Barntown), mixed doubles class 5 runners-up; John Byrne (Glynn-Barntown), men's singles class 6 winner; Alan Doyle (Hillbrook), men's singles class 6 runner-up; Gay Brennan and Catherine Wallace (Wexford), ladies' doubles class 6/7 runners-up.

A full list of 2015 winners and runners-up is available on the Boat Club website:

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