Bothwell faces experienced McGill in decider

Peter Bothwell
Peter Bothwell

Peter Bothwell faces a battle of youth versus experience tonight at Donnybrook in Dublin when he continues his bid to lift the Irish Close title for the first time in his short career.

The 18 year-old takes on former Irish Davis Cup player George McGill, who at 37, has entered the veterans category.

McGill is unseeded while Bothwell is ranked third and so is expected to reach the semi finals at least as he attempts to build on his previous appearance on court in the Irish capital.

The Hillsborough teenager, who is based at the Soto Tennis Academy in southern Spain, was unfortunate to lost in a third set tie break in the semi finals of the Leinster Open.

He defeated a couple of higher ranked opponents along the way and should have nough in his locker to see off McGill’s challenge tonight.

Bothwell, who receives financial support from the Mary peters Trust, safely made it through to the second round of the Irish Close after a comfortable start to his campaign at Donnybrook on Monday night.

He defeated Richie Crowley, who was an American College scholarship student, 6-0, 6-2 to book his place in the last 16 with the minimum of difficulty.

Bothwell, who is taking a break from his commitments on the Futures Tour, served and returned well and fully deserved his victory over his more experienced opponent.

McGill, meanwhile, eliminated Ulster’s only other player at the tournament, Donaghadee teenager Aaron Stubbs.

The reigning Ulster junior champion, produced a brave display against McGill only to lose 6-4, 6-3 and end any chance of an all Ulster battle in the second round.