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Bothwell out of luck in Dublin test

 

By John Flack

English Grand Slam star Heather Watson was among the spectators in Dublin last night to cheer on her boyfriend Lloyd Glasspool and local man Peter Bothwell in the $25,000 ITF Futures Tour doubles final.

However, the trio went home disappointed as the Birmingham-Hillsborough pairing lost 6-1 6-3 to British top seeds Jonny O'Mara and Scott Clayton in unfortunate circumstances as far as the build-up was concerned.

Glasspool had scarcely half an hour to prepare for the contest as he had just played two tough singles matches in the same event due to rain halting proceedings earlier in week and causing a backlog.

Bothwell was naturally disappointed at the outcome as the pair were unable to add a second doubles title to their CV as a team, following a maiden triumph in Tunisia in 2015.

The 21-year-old said: "Obviously Lloyd's predicament wasn't ideal in terms of our preparation for the match but, in reality, they were just too good for us.

"We had a couple of chances with break points, especially in the second set, but we couldn't convert them. Overall it was a solid week for me and I'm playing well, so I'm happy."

Bothwell will have another chance to add to his world ranking points tally next week when he joins his younger brother Sam in another $25k tournament at Fitzwilliam.

Meanwhile, local teenagers Jordan McKeown and Anton Robb were last night handed wildcard entries into the main draw for the City of Belfast ITF junior tournament, which begins with qualifying today and tomorrow at Windsor. Jessica Leeman carries the local hopes in the girls' event.

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