September 2013 Newsletter

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tennis ireland ezine

Welcome to this months eZine

September 2013

In this months ezine we look back on the William Fry National Junior Championships, review some super performances by our Senior professional players, offer discounted AIG insurance…….and much more….

Belfast ITF Winners

William Fry National Junior Championships

The William Fry National Junior Championships took place in late August.

Sixteen-year-old Nicola Drummy defeated Holly Monahan in the Girls U18 final with a 6-3 6-2 win. Nicola also took the doubles title while her 13-year-old sister Georgia captured the U14 girls’ singles title with a 6-3 6-4 success over the No 2 seed, Eimear Maher of Naas.

In the U14 boys singles final, Sean Collins faced another final with fellow Academy member Simon Carr. Collins overcame the top seed Simon Carr  6-3 3-6 7-5.


David Gardiner took the U18 Boys singles title after the top seed defeated Philip Sheehan 6-1 1-6 7-6

View the full results here



International results

Great to see Louk Sorensen back playing on the pro circuit. He played through qualifying to reach the final of an ATP Challenger event in Izmir, Turkey in mid September. As a result his ATP ranking has improved 574 places to 490 which makes him the third highest ranked Irish male player behind James McGee and Sam Barry.

BNP Paribas Academy member, Sam Barry has achieved a career high ranking of  489 this month after reaching a number of semi-finals of ITF Futures events in recent weeks. Sam also qualified through to the main draw of the Petange Challenger in Lumxebourg where he was defeated by Paul Henri Mathieu of France in the first round. Mathieu achieved a career high ranking of 12 in 2008.


The Irish junior team travelled to the Tri Nations event in Cardiff earlier this month. The Under 12 Team of Conor McCabe, Will O’Callaghan, Zara Ryan and Caoimhe Duffy Niblock were outright winners in their age group conceding only one match out of six and similarly against Wales putting the Irish team on top of the U12 Tri Nations table.


Further details and results can be found here




Save on your car insurance



Tennis Ireland members can avail of our highly competitive insurance products e.g. car insurance premiums starting from as low as €248*.


To get a quote today, please go to  or alternatively call our Tennis Ireland team on 1890 27 27 27 and say you are a Tennis Ireland member to avail of your discount!  Alternatively email  and a member of our team will contact you.



*For Example – €248 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 Jan 13




Behind the Scene at the Tennis Ireland BNP Paribas National Tennis Academy


Our Academy year started in mid September this year with the commencement of 39 juniors training within our National Tennis Centre.  Each player has a set schedule of training sessions, working with our skilled Coaching staff.   Our Academy coaching team is headed up by Tennis Ireland’s Technical Director, Garry Cahill; working alongside Garry is Conor Niland, Karen Nugent, Galina Misiuriova, Kevin O’Brien, Maeve Byrne, Lazare Kukhalashvili, Fiachra Lennon, Jonathan McCormack and Josh Mylan.

It is difficult to put into words the work commitment and sacrifice of these talented boys and girls and most at such a young age.  All of the players are encouraged to take an independent role in their tennis future, and take responsibility for their own goals and meeting them.  It is exciting to see the player’s progress and develop along the years, showing such devotion to their sport.

We have designed a bank of services for the players to encompass the areas required to nurture tennis stars of the future.  They are advised on their nutrition, physical goals, sports psychology, technical and tactical training and Physiotherapy.  Along with a budding Futures squad consisting of 24 of our nation’s finest in this age category we also have a part time and full time training programme in operation for the older children.

Our full time senior programme is structured for our pro players that have already made the necessary commitment to a career in tennis.  These players are regularly active on the Professional Tennis Circuit and train in our centre during their time at home.  As well as receiving a training programme they also receive access to tennis specific sports science support.

Training takes place on a daily basis, early mornings or evenings on our training grounds.  The national centre holds 9 courts in total, with 3 indoor courts, 3 clay courts and 3 outdoor hard courts.



Tennis Ireland Licensing Scheme for Coaches 2014                        

Tennis Ireland in cooperation with Tennis Coach Ireland and the Coach Education Committee successfully launched our Coach Licensing Programme in 2013 with coaches nationwide signing up to the programme.  With a total of 209 coaches satisfying criteria in 2013, it is envisaged that in 2014, this number will significantly increase.

To qualify as a Licensed Coach in 2014, our coaches must have the following in place:

1.       Amass a minimum of 100 CPD points under the regulations of the TCI Continuous Professional Development Programme for 2013.

2.       Hold a Child Protection Certificate that is not older than 5 years (ie certificates held before 2008 are no longer valid). 

To update your certificate you can review the 3 vimeo presentations by Roger Geraghty on Tennis Ireland’s website and complete the online quiz here:  

3.       Be able to provide evidence that you have been vetted within 3 years previously, (Garda Vetting or Access NI as appropriate – Applications completed before 2010 are no longer valid.)

Closing date for renewal of Garda Vetting applications and Child Protection is 31st December 2013.

There is an administration fee of €20 for your licence, payable to Tennis Ireland. 

Payment can be made via cheque, postal order or bank draft.


To ensure coaches do not miss the opportunity to be licensed for 2014, we would appreciate your assistance to circulate this information to those coaches working with you.

A leaflet is available on our website containing the required details for coaches 

Please print and post on your noticeboard or this can be posted on your website.

Thank you for your support and dedication to maintaining high standards in our sport.

Tennis Ireland
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