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Vuk Budic is forced to dig deep for his gritty win

By John Flack

An American with a distinctive Irish accent, Vuk Budic was involved in one of the closest matches of the day at the House & Stock Self Storage Belfast City ITF junior tournament at Windsor yesterday.

The third seed, who is no stranger to local tennis, overcame Ireland's Joseph Mullen 6-7 6-3 6-2 in almost three hours.

"I am just relieved to have got through because Joseph gave me a really tough match as I knew he would," said Budic, who now lives in Dublin. "My mum got a job in UCD so I moved over here almost five years ago and I now speak with an Irish accent.

"I know the Ulster Under-18 coach, Sam Armstrong, and he kindly invited me up to work with him so it's not my first visit to Belfast and it won't be my last."

Meanwhile, Ulster interest in the doubles came to an end yesterday with defeat for both Sam Bothwell and Matthew McClurg.

Belfast City lITF junior tournament results: boys singles: (GB unless stated): second round: Osgar O'Hoisin (IRL) bt James Davis 6-1, 6-4; Lucas Percy bt Giles Hussey 3-6, 7-5, 6-2; Vuk Budic (USA) bt Joseph Mullen (IRL) 6-7, 6-3, 6-2; Lucas Taylor bt Simon Carr (IRL) 6-3, 6-4; Calum MacGeogh bt Robert Leck 6-0, 6-1; Ewan Moore bt Samuel Ferguson 6-2, 3-6, 6-3; Ben Draper bt Troy Dixon 6-2, 7-6; Luke Hammond bt Colin McNamara (IRL) 6-4, 6-4.

Doubles first round: James Davis & Lucas Taylor bt Simon Carr & Davis Gardiner (IRL) 6-4, 6-4; Calum McGeoch & Maxim Renke (GER) bt Robin Calais (Sui) & Sebastian Grau (Ger) 7-6, 6-1; Samuel Ferguson & Robert Leck bt Sam Bothwell & Osgar O'Hoisin (IRL) 6-2, 6-3. Linus Bergevi (Swe) & Tobias Lindberget (Swe) bt Ryan Gaskin & Matthew McClurg (IRL) 6-2, 6-1.

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