Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Jared Monaghan and Ronan McKeever show their mettle

Jared Monaghan won the under-18 title at Dunedin event

Jared Monaghan and Ronan McKeever were the two outstanding players at the Dunedin tennis tournament in Lurgan.

The Enniskillen boys carved up the under-16 and under-18 boys titles between them as well as engaging in the match of the day in the under-16 decider.

McKeever got the better of Monaghan in the under-16 showdown but only after a nailbiting duel.

Monaghan made a very promising start and looked comfortably on his way to victory after taking the first set 6-2.

But McKeever raised his game and showed his mettle to take the second set 7-6, setting up a thrilling third set which saw fortunes swing one way and then the other.

McKeever, though, proved a little bit more consistent from the back of the court and took the deciding set 7-5.

Monaghan, though, bounced back from his disappointment to go on and win the under-18 title.

The Enniskillen ace proved too consistent for Lurgan's Thomas Muldoon in an entertaining final, Monaghan winning 6-4 6-2.

McKeever and Monaghan also won the under-18 doubles, defeating Muldoon and Phil Mullan 6-3 6-4.

Sophie Murtagh defeated Emma Coalter 7-5 6-3 in the under-16 girls final, while Lurgan girl Coalter went down 6-1 6-3 to Aoibhinn Kelly in the under-18 decider.

* ANDY Murray's slip to eighth in the world rankings will not dent his top-end seeding at Wimbledon, according to tournament bosses. All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) chairman Philip Brook said that the reigning champion's two-year grass court record will keep him among the top seeds.

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