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Sunday 17 December 2017

Tennis: Breakthrough as Barry makes Naples quarters

JUNIOR player Sam Barry, a member of the national tennis academy in DCU, extended his outstanding run in the ITF Futures event in Naples by beating No7 seed Massimo Capone 7-5 3-6 7-6 to clinch a place in the quarter-finals in his first adult world-ranking event.

Today, he faces another stiff challenge against Italy's No4 seed Federico Torresi, who beat Dublin's Barry King 6-3 7-6.

In the doubles, Glancy and King, seeded No4, beat Italians Matteo Civarolo and Andrea Patracchini in the first round.

Irish No1 Conor Niland travelled to Belgium for the €106,500 Ethias Trophy Challenger in Mons. He went out to Dutch player Igor Sijsling 7-6 6-3 in the first round, but remains at No 147 in the world rankings.

In Norway, up-and-coming players Alan Gleeson and Holly Monahan went out in the opening round at the Oslo ITF Indoors. Gleeson lost to German Jan Porteset in the boys' singles, while in the girls' singles, Holly Monahan was beaten by Andrea Raaholdt, from Norway, her doubles partner for the tournament.





COACHING PROGRAMME

Already underway at around 25 venues in the Dublin area is the Shreddies Dublin Parks Tennis autumn programme. Children aged from six to 17 can still join in at any of the venues for the eight-week coaching programme.

Fee is €20 with all equipment supplied. Sessions last an hour with most taking place on Saturday mornings, though some venues are operating during the week.

A full list of venues is available at www.parkstennis.com or phone 01-8338711.

Starting on Sunday is the first round of the Leinster Provincial Towns Cup, with matches divided into three regions and taking place at nine venues.

Towns represented are Leixlip, Mullingar, Navan, Dundalk, Kells, Enniscorthy, Arklow, Wexford, Abbeyleix, Stackallen and Carlow.

Other rounds will take place on October 17, 24 and 31, with the final round on November 7.

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