Ulster trio stride forward in Malahide event
Three Ulster players have booked their places in the last-16 of the ITF junior world ranking tournament at Malahide, Co Dublin.
Jordan McKeown, Caleb Ralston and Cian McDonnell all progressed after straight-sets wins.
McKeown defeated Ireland's Nathan Slattery 6-2 6-2, Ralston beat Lithuanian Pijus Vaitekunas 6-3 6-2 and McDonnell had a hard-fought 7-6 6-4 success over Canada's Alvin Tudorica.
Ralston will take on unseeded Irish teen Oisin Murtagh today, but McKeown has an uphill task as he will be up against third-ranked Great Britain player Finn Murget.
McKeown said: "I played aggressive tennis and was happy with my performance. I was able to watch my opponent later in the day. I will put a game plan together but there's no pressure."
McDonnell also has a difficult task against fourth-seeded Irish Under-18 No.1 Ammar Elamin.
Meanwhile, at the Co Antrim Championship at Ballycastle, top seed Karl Donaldson and second-ranked former winner Aaron Stubbs both progressed.