The Open is fast approaching

Another successful tournament was played at Kilkenny tennis club on Friday night. Despite the inclement weather, it attracted a fair few hardy souls.

Another successful tournament was played at Kilkenny tennis club on Friday night. Despite the inclement weather, it attracted a fair few hardy souls.

Making a welcome visit from the Big Apple was Davy Bowe, who joined forces with Heather Hogan to take first prize in the first of the sections under review. Tom Madigan and Mags Bowen were the runners-up.

In the other section Rory Hogan and Luke Martin took first prize while Kieran Dunne and Roisin Gribbin were in the runner-up slot.

With the season now well underway, the tournament will be held each week. To enter put your name on the tournament notice during the week or telephone the tournament organiser, Brian Doyle (0868714941) before 7pm.

The annual senior Open Week will be played at the club from Saturday until June 30 inclusive. The tournament is the major event on the club’s calendar and attracts entries from all of the clubs in the surrounding counties. All standards are catered for, from players at the beginning stage in Grade D to the more accomplished in the premier grade.

The Open may clash with events at the first week of SW19 but rest assured some impressive tennis will be played. Visitors are welcome to come and enjoy the week of sport.

The club is fortunate in having the services of two excellent coaches providing expert instruction during the month of July.

The annual Junior Tennis Camp, provided by Brian Doyle, commences on July 2 and continues each week until the week commencing July 23. The cost of the course is €50. Numbers are limited. Interested players should contact Brian (0868714941) to enter the programme and for further details.

Meanwhile, Tommy Rochford is also providing much needed assistance for younger players in the form of coaching during the month. For further details and to enrol, contact Tommy (0868338111).