23 Jul Morrissey and Barry advance to second round at FBD Mens Irish Open
It has been an exciting first day here at the FBD Men’s Irish Open at Fitzwilliam Lawn and Tennis Club with Ireland’s John Morrissey and Sam Barry securing a place in the second round. The sun was shining and the temperature slowly raised all day, making it an unusually sunny day of playing weather here in Dublin.
Daniel Evans of Great Britain advanced through to the second round, defeating Ireland’s Ciaran Fitzgerald 6-2 6-4.
Adam Thornton-Brown of Great Britain was defeated by John Morrissey of Ireland. Morrissey beat Thornton-Brown on a scoreline 6-3 6-3.
Sam Barry, one of Ireland’s rising professional athletes, beat Matthew Short of Great Britain in a great match, winning 7-5 6-1.
Ben McLachlan of New Zealand defeated Keelan Oakley in perhaps the longest match of the day, beginning at 11 AM and lasting until almost 1330. McLachlan and Oakley played hard up until the very end, where McLachlan won on a scoreline 4-6 6-2 7-6.
The next match that was completed included Neil Pauffley of Great Britain and Stephen Martin of Ireland. Pauffley beat Martin with a scoreline 6-0 6-4.
Great Britain’s Michael Look defeated Georgia’s Lazare Kukhalashvili 6-2 6-3.
The final singles match played today included Lewis Burton of Great Britain and Marcus Daniell of New Zealand. Daniell defeated Burton 6-2 6-3.
Albano Olivetti and Elie Rousset, both of France, made their first appearance at the Open today, defeating their opponents Aaron Banasik and Anthony Veryard of Great Britain on a scoreline 6-3 6-2.
James McGee of Ireland was paired up with Jaime Pulgar-Garcia of Spain, and defeated Great Britain’s Short and Oakley 6-3 4-6 [10-6] after rigorous play.
The last match of the day completed was between Barry King and Daniel Glancy, both of Ireland, against fellow Irish player Tristan Farron-Mahon, partnered with Shane La Porte of USA. Glancy and King defeated Farron-Mahon and La Porte 6-4 7-6(2). Congratulations to all those who participated today in FBD’s Men’s Irish Open.
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