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Gareth's love match helps him to a maiden Co Antrim singles win

 

Gareth McGreevy bridged a 10-year gap to land his first Co Antrim senior men's singles title in his adopted home town of Ballycastle at the weekend - and then revealed he owed a debt of gratitude to his fiancee, Lizzie.

The 30-year-old moved to the north coast from Newcastle to be closer to his partner's home and she played a key role in his comfortable 6-0, 6-2 win over Fermanagh teenager Ronan McKeever.

McGreevy said: "I am usually really angry and aggressive on court but this year I was a lot calmer thanks to Lizzie, who constantly reminds me of my age, and tells me not to get upset with myself when things go wrong."

"Overall I had a great week and it was a relief to finally win the title after so many defeats in the semis in years gone by.

"Hopefully my win might have impressed the Ulster selectors and I would love to play in the senior inter-pros again after a two-year absence."

Kerri Russell (ATT, Ballymena) retained her ladies singles' crown with a hard-fought 6-7, 6-2, 6-4 win over Bangor's Amy Rothwell.

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