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Jared Monaghan and Ronan McKeever show their mettle

By David Kelly

Jared Monaghan and Ronan McKeever were the two outstanding players at the Dunedin tennis tournament in Lurgan.

The Enniskillen boys carved up the under-16 and under-18 boys titles between them as well as engaging in the match of the day in the under-16 decider.

McKeever got the better of Monaghan in the under-16 showdown but only after a nailbiting duel.

Monaghan made a very promising start and looked comfortably on his way to victory after taking the first set 6-2.

But McKeever raised his game and showed his mettle to take the second set 7-6, setting up a thrilling third set which saw fortunes swing one way and then the other.

McKeever, though, proved a little bit more consistent from the back of the court and took the deciding set 7-5.

Monaghan, though, bounced back from his disappointment to go on and win the under-18 title.

The Enniskillen ace proved too consistent for Lurgan's Thomas Muldoon in an entertaining final, Monaghan winning 6-4 6-2.

McKeever and Monaghan also won the under-18 doubles, defeating Muldoon and Phil Mullan 6-3 6-4.

Sophie Murtagh defeated Emma Coalter 7-5 6-3 in the under-16 girls final, while Lurgan girl Coalter went down 6-1 6-3 to Aoibhinn Kelly in the under-18 decider.

* ANDY Murray's slip to eighth in the world rankings will not dent his top-end seeding at Wimbledon, according to tournament bosses. All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) chairman Philip Brook said that the reigning champion's two-year grass court record will keep him among the top seeds.

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