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Rising Ireland star Leeman is set to Czech in for European debut

 

By John Flack

Dylan Leeman will be hoping to follow in some illustrious footsteps later this month after being selected for the Ireland Under-14 team which will travel to the European Championships in the Czech Republic

Former winners of the prestigious event include Grand Slam stars Novak Djokovic and Grigor Dimitrov.

The 14-year-old Hawarden player, making his Euro debut, will be joined on the trip by Munster's Zach Murphy for a straight knockout singles competition followed by a doubles event in which the boys will team up.

Dylan is regarded as an excellent prospect and spends much of his time receiving top-class coaching in Dublin.

The RBAI pupil said: "I'm really looking forward to representing Ireland at the Europeans.

"At the start of the year, I set myself the goal of making the national team and I am extremely pleased at my achievement.

"The competition will be tough but I will give it my best shot, enjoy the experience and you never know what might happen."

Meanwhile, Karl Donaldson lifted the Fermanagh Open men's singles title in Irvinestown yesterday after he defeated Michael Blease 6-3 6-2 in the final.

The ladies trophy went to Enniskillen's Laura Griffin after a thrilling round-robin series while, in Dundalk, Freddy Murray claimed the Louth Junior Open Under-14 crown with an impressive 6-0 6-0 win over Michael McLoughlin.

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