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Monday 23 October 2017

Barry's impressive run is brought to an end in quarters

Sam Barry made it as far as the quarter-finals of the Italian Futures tournament in Naples before losing to the No4 seed Federico Torresi of Italy 6-3 7-5.

The 18-year-old Irish academy player won four matches on his way to the quarters, picking up his first senior ranking points.

Ealier this week, Barry made it through qualifying to join James McGee, Barry King and Daniel Glancy in the main draw of a Futures tournament on the island of Kos in Greece.

McGee and King are top seeds for the doubles, while Glancy has paired up with Italy's Massimo Capone, one of Sam Barry's notable scalps in Naples.

Playing at the €64,000 Open de Rennes in France is Irish No1 Conor Niland. France's Arnaud Clement is top seed.

Ireland's veteran players are in action at the ITF Super Seniors in Antalya, Turkey, for men and women over 60, 65 and 70, with men and women's teams in all categories. The Irish W65 team of Irene Hewitt, Norah Glynn, Nadine Hennessy and Jennifer McDonnell made the best possible start to their campaign with victory over Austria.

At the other end of the age scale. Sinead Lohan is in Barcelona, playing in an ITF junior tournament.

The finals of the newly established North-South League will take place in Dundalk on October 23. Ten teams from north and south of the border have played six rounds of matches since early September, with the top four qualifying for the finals.

Clubs involved this year are Portadown, Banbridge, Warrenpoint, Downshire (Hillsborough) and Newry (two teams) from the North.

Ardee, Bettystown, Mullingar, Kells and Dundalk (two teams) represent the Republic. More teams are expected to join the league next year.

Tennis 10s, a new tennis format for the U10s, will come to Ireland next year after approval by the ITF over the summer.

Under the new rules, boys and girls will play on smaller courts with slower-moving and lower-bouncing balls, as well as smaller and lighter racquets and modified scoring systems.

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