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Brave Barry bows out in Oz after making Junior history

Sam Barry may have gone out in the second round of the boys' singles at the Australian Junior Open, but like Louk Sorensen a week earlier, he was creating a little bit of history.

No other Irish junior player had ever won a match at a Grand Slam junior tournament. But this young Limerick player did when he beat Russia's Victor Baluda 6-7 6-4 6-3 in the opening round in Melbourne.

That earned Barry a second-round draw with British No1 Oliver Golding. Barry put up a strong fight, winning the opener on a tie-break, but the British player proved too strong for the Irishman.

In the doubles, Barry teamed up with New Zealander Ben McLachlan and beat New Zealand pair Barrett Franks and Jaden Grinter in the first round.

Against No4 seeds, Llang-ji Huang from Taipei and Yasutaka Uchiyama of Japan, in round two, they faced a tougher challenge and went down in straight sets.



Improve

It has still been an encouraging few months for Barry, who just turned 18. For a start, his world ranking of 88 looks certain to improve.

Last October, he won the boys singles at the 10th Torneig ITF Andorra La Vella event and, a fortnight ago, he reached the final of the boys' doubles at the Loy Yang Traralgon International in Australia, alongside McLachlan.

John Morrissey, who was also competing in the Australian Junior Open, had the misfortune to come up against the No8 seed Dominik Schulz of Germany in his first round.

The Dubliner, who is currently ranked 31 in the world, lost in straight sets.

He also went out in the opening round of the doubles, where he was paired with Poland's Bartosz Sawicki.

It was a small blip for the promising Morrissey, who competed in the US Open qualifiers last September and reached the third round of the Grade A Casablanca Junior Cup in Mexico a few weeks ago.

Meanwhile, James Cluskey went out in the third round of the Israel Futures in Eilat. After beating Yu Chang of China in the opener and then Patrik Rosenholm of Sweden in the second round, he lost to 19-year-old Serbian Arsenije Zlatanovic.