In-tune Octave's aiming for an historic four-in-a-row
Teenager Lucy Octave will be aiming to make a little piece of history at this year's Keys Finance Ulster Senior Open. The 19-year-old from Donaghadee will be out to win the ladies' singles title for a fourth consecutive year - a feat no player has ever achieved in the competition's long history.
Octave is back home for the summer, after her first year on a tennis scholarship at Utah State University, where she majors in International Business.
She believes her training regime in the US will help her in her bid to write herself into the history books of the tournament, which runs from June 24 - 30 at Belfast Boat Club.
She said: "We train three hours a day and play matches every weekend from January to April, often travelling by plane to away venues.
"I think my tennis has improved and I have learned a lot. It' ll be interesting to put the theory to the test at the Boat Club.
"However, the McCullough twins, Annie and Caitlin, who have beaten me before, are also on scholarships in the States so I expect them to mount a big challenge as their tennis will have improved as well, I'm sure."
Men's singles title holder, Windsor's Przemek Stec, has already entered the record books by winning the event six times. His chances of making it a magnificent seven could be threatened by rising star Peter Corrie.
The Hilden teenager recently beat the Polish-born ace in the final of a one-set tournament, after winning the prestigious ITF junior world ranking competition at Windsor last summer.