Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Home Sport Tennis

Vuk Budic is forced to dig deep for his gritty win

By John Flack

Published 30/07/2014

Marching on: Vuk Budic clinched a 6-7 6-3 6-2 win
Marching on: Vuk Budic clinched a 6-7 6-3 6-2 win

An American with a distinctive Irish accent, Vuk Budic was involved in one of the closest matches of the day at the House & Stock Self Storage Belfast City ITF junior tournament at Windsor yesterday.

The third seed, who is no stranger to local tennis, overcame Ireland's Joseph Mullen 6-7 6-3 6-2 in almost three hours.

"I am just relieved to have got through because Joseph gave me a really tough match as I knew he would," said Budic, who now lives in Dublin. "My mum got a job in UCD so I moved over here almost five years ago and I now speak with an Irish accent.

"I know the Ulster Under-18 coach, Sam Armstrong, and he kindly invited me up to work with him so it's not my first visit to Belfast and it won't be my last."

Meanwhile, Ulster interest in the doubles came to an end yesterday with defeat for both Sam Bothwell and Matthew McClurg.

Belfast City lITF junior tournament results: boys singles: (GB unless stated): second round: Osgar O'Hoisin (IRL) bt James Davis 6-1, 6-4; Lucas Percy bt Giles Hussey 3-6, 7-5, 6-2; Vuk Budic (USA) bt Joseph Mullen (IRL) 6-7, 6-3, 6-2; Lucas Taylor bt Simon Carr (IRL) 6-3, 6-4; Calum MacGeogh bt Robert Leck 6-0, 6-1; Ewan Moore bt Samuel Ferguson 6-2, 3-6, 6-3; Ben Draper bt Troy Dixon 6-2, 7-6; Luke Hammond bt Colin McNamara (IRL) 6-4, 6-4.

Doubles first round: James Davis & Lucas Taylor bt Simon Carr & Davis Gardiner (IRL) 6-4, 6-4; Calum McGeoch & Maxim Renke (GER) bt Robin Calais (Sui) & Sebastian Grau (Ger) 7-6, 6-1; Samuel Ferguson & Robert Leck bt Sam Bothwell & Osgar O'Hoisin (IRL) 6-2, 6-3. Linus Bergevi (Swe) & Tobias Lindberget (Swe) bt Ryan Gaskin & Matthew McClurg (IRL) 6-2, 6-1.

Belfast Telegraph

How to Complain

If you have a complaint about the editorial content of the Belfast Telegraph or Sunday Life then contact the Editor here. If you are not satisfied with the response provided then you can contact the Independent Press Standards Organisation here

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph