Team Ireland Programme 2022

Team Ireland Programme 2022

In 2020 Tennis Ireland launched the Team Ireland Programme with the support of Sport Ireland to provide funding and assistance for Irish Tennis Players in their professional careers.

Under the scheme there are 4 Tiers, including a tier for Wheelchair athletes and a new Bridging Tier for 2022 for players who are transitioning from Junior to Pro tennis or from College to Pro tennis. Players are invited to apply for funding once they meet the criteria as per the application guidelines.

Tennis Ireland is delighted to announce that under the programme the following players have been awarded funding for 2022:

  • Simon Carr
  • Celine Simunyu
  • Ammar Elamin
  • Garreth Greene

Impacted by injury in 2021 after a very successful run in the Davis Cup helping Ireland gain promotion to World Group II playoffs, Simon Carr said “I want to express my sincere gratitude to Tennis Ireland for selecting me to be a part of Team Ireland for the upcoming year. The last 6 months have been difficult with injuries but I’m very grateful to Tennis Ireland for their continuous support and looking forward to getting back on tour”.

First time recipient Celine Simunyu had a successful year in 2021 by improving her junior ITF ranking to currently sit at #131 in the world. She also represented Ireland in the Billie Jean King Cup where she made an impressive debut and is looking to the future “It’s an honour to have been given this grant. It’s always been a dream of mine to represent Ireland; and I can continue doing so with this extra help. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”

Ammar Elamin made the transition to the Pro tour in 2021, in what was a difficult year due to COVID-19 but also made a successful debut for Ireland in the Davis Cup, helping the team secure promotion to World Group II playoffs “I would like to thank Tennis Ireland for the financial support. Irish professional tennis players need to be supported financially and this team Ireland programme payment is very much appreciated.”

Under the scheme Garreth Greene, Ireland’s no.1 wheelchair tennis player, has overcome challenges with returning to the tour due to COVID-19 and has big goals to achieve over the next year.

“I’d like to thank Tennis Ireland for continuing to support me. This year has been very hard with COVID to earn ranking points and being part of the Team Ireland Programme helps a great deal.”

These players have shown their dedication to the sport and represented themselves and Ireland very well across the globe and we look forward to seeing these players progress in their tennis careers in 2022.

Tennis Ireland would like to thank Sport Ireland for their continued support for the Team Ireland Programme.

Tennis Ireland Performance Coordinator Garrett Barry said

“Tennis Ireland are delighted to be able to support our top players and congratulations to the 4 recipients. Transparency in selection is one of the pillars of our Performance Strategy. In our Team Ireland Programme, we have developed a set of criteria that we are confident includes achievable benchmarks for our professional, college and top junior players to aim for in their respective careers”.