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Donaghadee's Lucy Octave tunes up a double bid

By John Flack

Published 25/06/2014

Director Chris Sanlon (left), referee Ben Neal (right), Delia Aston of Clubworld and Harry and Matthew Morris launch the Ulster Juniors
Director Chris Sanlon (left), referee Ben Neal (right), Delia Aston of Clubworld and Harry and Matthew Morris launch the Ulster Juniors

Ulster senior tennis champion Lucy Octave will be an extremely busy young woman next month as she will be taking part in two separate tournaments in the same week. The 16-year-old Donaghadee player will be among the favourites for the Belfast City ITF Junior word ranking tournament at Windsor.

But she will also be making several short trips to the nearby Boat Club as she prepares to defend her Under-18 singles title at the Clubworld Travel Ulster Junior Championship on July 26-August 2.

Lucy added the Ulster senior crown to the junior trophy she won last year a few weeks ago and will start favourite to retain it.

The Boat Club showpiece, an Irish ranking event, was launched yesterday and Tournament Director Chris Sanlon hopes the date clash will have a positive spin.

"The ITF tournament is for Under-18s only so it won't affect the entry for the Ulster Championship very much as it is for all age groups," he explained.

"But there is nothing to stop players taking part in both and the only restriction is that they can only enter one event at the Boat Club if they are competing at the ITF tournament."

While Lucy is able to defend her U-18 title, there will be a different name on the boys' trophy as last year's winner Aaron Stubbs is now out of the junior ranks.

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