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Peter and Harry do Ulster tennis proud at Irish Junior Open


By John Flack

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).

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