22 Jan Sam Barry Advances to Quarter Finals of Grade 1 Event
Sam Barry’s decision to withdraw from the Junior Australian open has begun to pay dividends today (January 22nd) as he progressed to the Quarter-Finals of a Grade One event in the Czech Republic. The 16 year-old right hander thought it best to travel to Grade Ones in India and Czech Republic to build on his ranking position instead of competing at the round of qualifying for the Junior Australian Open. The win for Sam will mean he picks up a huge amount of Junior ITF Ranking points at the end of the week and win or lose in the next round Sam will now break into the prestigious ranks of Top 100 in the world at U18 level and could even be ranked as high as 86 with this result.
Not only is this a momentous acheivement for the young Limerickman it’s also the first time an Irish player has reached such a stage at a Grade One event.
Sam is currently taking part in the Czech International Junior Indoor Championships in the town of Prerov in the Czech Republic, a prestigious Grade One event played on carpet. Breaking news today confirms that Sam came out on top in the last 16 of the competition beating the right-handed German Peter Heller by 6-4, 6-4 to progress into the Quarter-Finals where he’ll meet the No.1 seed Dominik Wirlend of Austria.
Tennis Ireland will have further information on Sam’s progress at the Czech International Junior Indoor Championships tomorrow