September 2014 Newsletter

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tennis ireland ezine

Welcome to this month’s eZine


We re visit James McGee’s great achievement in the US Open, Ireland’s huge success at the Tri-Nations, and review Amy Bowtell’s semis in Nottingham. AIG give tennis members 20% off car insurance and we highlight some great tennis facebook pages.  Not forgetting this month’s important notice on Garda Vetting!

We would like to feature some clubs around the country in our upcoming Ezines so get in touch if you would like to promote your club!


James McGee inspires in US Open

James captivated the Irish tennis audience at the US Open Tennis Championships as he powered through qualifications to make it to the first round in Main Draw.

James defeated Ze Zhang (CHN) 0-6 6-4 6-4 in the final round of qualifications. This incredible victory is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication and it is a lesson to every young player in the country that if you believe in yourself, work hard and persevere you can achieve your dreams!

First round, main draw James from Castleknock, faced Kazakhstan’s Aleksandra Nedovyesov ranked 108th in the world.  James took the first set 6-4 quite comfortably but went down, 2-6, 1-6 in the next two sets.  Without doubt, a nail-biting fourth set presented the two players with a tiebreaker.  James lost the tie-break 3-7.

Altogether a proud moment for Irish fans and  we are already looking forward to more great results from James.  Congratulations James! – Go get it!


Irish Teams win Tri-Nations

Ireland made history in winning all 3 age groups in the Tri-nations tournament which was played in Lansdowne Tennis Club last weekend.

Perhaps inspired by the achievements of James McGee in qualifying for the US Open this month the mood in the camp was good from the get go and the never say die attitude that prevailed throughout the camp was a big factor in closing out some tight matches.

The under 12 girls Ali McClean and Olivia Mariotti had to dig deep into their reserves to claw their way through a championship tie-break which sealed victory for their age-group under the steady guidance of their experienced team captain Lynsey McCullough, herself no stranger to tri-nations competition.

Ammar Elamin and Conor Gannon were consistency personified and never dropped a set en route to helping bring the U12s title home.

The biggest drama played out in the U14s where going into the final round of doubles vs. Scotland, Ireland needed to win either the boys or girls doubles, failing this they needed to bring one of the matches to a third set, as in the event of a tie the winner is decided on a count back on sets won. With both matches going in Scotland’s favour the Irish girls Sofia Derivan and Georgia Drummy dug deep for the team at a set & 2-5 down to claim the second set and notch up that all important point for the U14s. The foundation had been laid the previous day as Ronan Sweeney and Daniel Vlas took the lead with some great singles performances. Their team captain John McGahon showed his experience as a former international player in instilling that fighting mentality.

The U18s were impressive from the start winning 6 of their opening day singles matches. The team featured Julie Byrne, Lauren Deegan, Osgar O’Hoisin & Sam Bothwell. Their captain Stephen Nugent, having worked with them through their junior years expressed his pride & delight for them as they accepted their trophies.

President of Tennis Ireland Mrs Ann O’Connor congratulated the players, their team captains and all involved saying it was a true reflection of where Irish junior tennis is at today.

Irish Team listings can be viewed here.

Save up to 20% off Car Insurance

As the Official Sponsor and Insurance Partner of Tennis Ireland and to support the Tennis Ireland community, it gives us great pleasure to offer all Tennis Ireland members highly competitive insurance products at discounted rates. You can now avail of these quality products with car insurance premiums starting from as low as €260*.


To get a quote today, please go to or alternatively call our Tennis Ireland team on 1890 68 27 27 and make sure to mention you are a Tennis Ireland member to avail of your discount! Home and travel insurance are also available to members at our special discounted rates.


Should you wish for a member of our team to contact you, simply email with your contact number, and we will be happy to provide you with a quote.


We look forward to looking after your insurance needs

Best regards

The AIG Direct Team

Terms and conditions apply.


*For Example – €260 is a premium for comprehensive cover for a 42 year old person whose occupation is an accountant and has a 5 year no claims bonus, cover is for the insured and spouse, driving a 2007 year old vehicle, petrol 1.4 litre with a value of €6,000 living in the Dublin 6W area and for social domestic and pleasure use.  Price correct May 2014


AIG Europe Limited is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority of the United Kingdom, and is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland for conduct of business rules.

Garda Vetting
The National Vetting Bureau Act

The National Vetting Bureau Act was signed by the President of Ireland on 26 December 2012.  Once the implementation date is decided by the Government, which will be at LATEST, December of this year,  it will be illegal for any volunteer or coach to work with children or vulnerable adults on a continuous basis before successfully completing the Garda Vetting process.

Click here for an overview of what’s in the Bill.

Alternatively if you would like to see the full Act you can visit –  


The Garda Vetting process is a vital step in implementing the Code of Conduct and Good Practice for Children in Tennis. Each organisation/club working within tennis is committed to protecting all those working with young people and to providing a safe environment for all.  However, the garda vetting process is just one step in the process of implementing the ‘Code’. Leaders should also sign a code of conduct within their club / organisation and children and leaders should be adequately supervised. 

Also interviewing the individual either formally or informally and obtaining 2 references in writing is strongly recommended.

Please refer to our Child Protection Fact Sheet page here where you can find templates for all your clubs needs in building a safe environment for children in our sport.


Amy Bowtell reaches semis in Nottingham

Amy Bowtell hails from Greystones, Wicklow and is the senior Irish Ladies number 1, ranked 489 in the world.  Since a young age, Amy has displayed a level of dedication and commitment to her tennis career second to none.  If she wasn’t training at the highest level, Amy was traveling to compete in tournaments around the world.

Since joining the senior women’s tour at the tender age of 16, Amy remained focused on her goals and steadily moved up in the world rankings.

Notably at the Nottingham women’s ITF in Great Britain, Amy seeded 8 played some outstanding tennis to reach the semi finals where she came up against number 1 seed, Mari Tanaka from Japan.  Amy lost out to Tanaka who went on to take the singles title.

Amy is currently training in the BNP Paribas National Tennis Academy with Garry Cahill and the team.  It is great to welcome her back to the centre.   She truly flies the flag for Irish women in our sport and is an inspiration for all aspiring tennis players.  Amy.. we salute you!


Facebook Pages

To keep ahead of the rest in tennis news, don’t forget to like the following pages and click on ‘get notifications’ so you don’t miss a beat:

Munster Tennis 

Tennis Ireland Development

Parks Tennis

Connacht Tennis

Tennis Coach Ireland

Tennis Ireland

Tennis Ireland
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