24 Jul FBD Men’s Irish Open Day 5 Preview
Posted at 00:00h in News
Day 5 of the FBD Men’s Irish Open will get underway today at the later time of 2.30pm. The first match of the day will be a singles semi final between Daniel Cox and Tom Farquhason, both of Great Britain. Both were in impressive form yesterday, winning their respective quarterfinals in straight sets and a high quality match is expected, between two players who like to hit with pace and power from the baseline.
The second semi final of the day, which will commence at 4.30pm will feature Ireland’s Sam Barry and the tournament’s number 1 seed, Albano Olivetti of France. Sam has been in impressive form this week, winning all three of his matches in straight sets and utilizing his serve and forehand to dominate the opponents he has faced. In order to progress, he will be looking to neutralize the Olivetti serve, which has yet to be broken so far this week.
All possible support is encouraged for this match, as Sam attempts to be the first Irish finalist in the singles event since James McGee in 2011.
The evening match today, which will start at 7pm, will be the doubles final and we are delighted to report that we will have an Irish pairing playing for the title in the shape of John Morrissey and Colin O’Brien. Morrissey and O’Brien have yet to drop a set this week, and been impressive throughout. O’Brien will be looking to reclaim the doubles title he won in 2010 with the James Cluskey, the last time he played in this event before being sidelined with a persistent wrist injury. In the final they will face Richard Gabb of Great Britain and Marcus Daniell of New Zealand.
All support is encouraged as the Irish pair attempt to capture their first ever ITF Futures title as a pair.