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Peter and Harry do Ulster tennis proud at Irish Junior Open

 

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Winners: Peter Corrie (left) and Harry Ellesmere

Winners: Peter Corrie (left) and Harry Ellesmere

Winners: Peter Corrie (left) and Harry Ellesmere

Peter Corrie and Harry Ellesmere were the toast of Ulster tennis at the weekend after helping the province to a double success at the Irish Junior Open finals in Dublin.

Corrie defeated local rival Jordan McKeown 6-0, 7-6(3 in the Under 18 final and, a few hours later, his stablemate at the Co Down-based AGP Academy lifted the U-16 trophy.

Ellesmere overcame Conor Gannon 6-3, 6-4 to claim his first title at any age-group in the annual showpiece, as did Corrie.

Now Corrie has set his sights on a place in the Ireland U-18 team for next month's Home Nations championship, having already represented his country in the European series.

The 17-year-old said: "Hopefully, I will have done enough by winning the title and I am absolutely delighted as it was my main target going into the summer."

"It was difficult playing against one of my best friends but I noticed Jordan looked a little tight in the first set and I was able to capitalise..

"But he's a real fighter and, in the second and, at one stage he broke my serve to led 3-1.

"Fortunately, I was able to break back in the next game and hang on for the win."

Ulster had three players in Saturday's singles finals but Freddy Murray missed out, going down 6-3, 6-2 to top seed Arthur O'Sullivan in the U-14 decider.

Irish Junior Open finals: selected results: (Ulster names first) U-18 singles: Peter Corrie bt Jordan McKeown 6-0, 7-6; U-16: Harry Ellesmere by Conor Gannon 6-3, 6-4; U-14: Freddy Murray lost to Arthur O'Sullivan 6-3, 6-2; U-18 doubles: Corrie & McKeown lost to Sean Collins & Cian Maguire 7-6, 1-6, 10-8; U-18 mixed doubles: McKeown & Marie-Perla Biansumba lost to Thomas Brennan & Caragh Courtney 6-1, 7-5; U-14 mixed doubles: Dylan Leeman & Aisling O'Connor bt Zach Murray & Ava Fanning 6-0, 3-6, (10-4).

Belfast Telegraph