THE weather may be not be providing the Summer many people expected, but that hasn’t stopped the flow of action at the height of the tennis season.
The club had a successful tournament on Friday night which attracted a huge entry. In the first of the sections, Colin Feeley and Aidan Doherty combined well to take first prize. Ending on the same points, albeit in second place, were Richie Bowen and Bride May.
The second section was also a close-run affair. Taking first place was the strong and versatile partnership of Jimmy Morrow and Val Nolan. In second place, just one game behind, were Shane Forsey and Sue Keohane. Owing to the Senior Open Week, the next tournament will not be held until Friday, July 6.
The annual Senior Open Week continues at the club all week, culminating in the finals on Saturday. With an entry field in excess of 200 players, notably from outside clubs, the tournament kicked off with a full schedule of matches.
Some exciting tennis is certainly in prospect for the rest of the week. A visit to the club to see competitive tennis of the highest standard is recommended. Players are advised that draw details and the schedule of play will be published daily on the club’s website, www.kilkennytennisclub.com.
So far the draw has brought up some interesting duels. Number one seed Tommy Rochford faces Patrick Gordon-Walker from the Lansdowne club, while Robert Cummins and Des Dillon meet for a place in the quarter-finals.
Kevin Byrne has already booked his place, by virtue of an impressive victory over Stan Dvorsky from the Bandon club, in the last eight. The number two seed from St Anne’s, Tom McGrath, faces strong opposition from Patrick McGrath from Glenageary Tennis Club.
In Grade A Tom Brennan has been given the number one seeding. Number two seed Oisin O’Donnell has a tough assignment against David Brophy from Abbeyleix.
Tanya Colclough is seeded number one in the same grade for the ladies. At number two is Ailish Scott, who is representing the host club.