Ambitious Ulster aces are ready to take on European rivals
More than 170 aspiring tennis stars from all over Europe will be coming to Northern Ireland next month to take part in the fourth Belfast City ITF junior world ranking tournament at Windsor.
The local players, who will again be out in force, will be daring to dream that they can emulate the 2013 winner Karloa Bejenaru, who has gone on to bigger and better things.
"The tournament has acted as a pathway for many players in the past and, Georgia Drummy, who won the event in 2014 and 2015 is now just outside the top 100 in the world at junior level even though she's still only 16." said Tournament Director Simon McFarland.
Windsor's Laura Reid, who reached the second round last year, will be aiming to do even better this time around as she leads the Ulster charge at the top event.
Matthew O'Boyle, who will also be making his swansong at Under 18 level, equalled Laura's achievement last year after coming through qualifying, will be among the leading boys competing in the showpiece which takes place from July 23-29.
Meanwhile Jordan McKeown, who will also be competing at the ITF tournament, produced the first major upset at the Johnston Campbell Co Down championship last night as the Bangor teen defeated Ulster senior interpro player Aaron Stubbs 6-1, 6-1 to set up a quarter final clash with Hilden's Alex Watt.
Karl Donaldson joined McKeown in the last eight after beating David Weir 6-3, 6-3 in the final round of qualifying and he will face second seeded former international John McGahon in the quarter-finals tonight.