Lisburn Open gets off to flying start

Tournament director Alex Watt has been pleased with Lisburn Open
Tournament director Alex Watt has been pleased with Lisburn Open

The local tournament scene is already under way with the hosting of the inaugural Lisburn Junior Open at Hilden this week.

Supported by Lisburn City Council and Ulster Tennis the event is the first of its kind ever to take place in the city.

More than 80 players are taking part much to the delight of Tournament Director Alex Watt.

“We had a late surge of entries after a slow start and it’s been going very well so far helped by some great weather,” he enthused.

The top seeds swing into action today and already there have been a few surprise results.

Yesterday, at Under 14 level, Joshua Cree defeated Harry McCracken 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 in a marathon two hour battle to earn a meeting with his Hawarden club mate Dylan Leeman, the fourth seed.

In the U18 category Bangor lad Jordan McKeown had a 6-2, 7-5 win over Joe Heatley and he will now meet Ben Cree in the quarter finals.

The U12 girls competition, which is being staged on a round robin format, looks like developing into a winner-takes all battle between Chrissie Bahrani and Ciara Hill on Friday after both players won their two opening matches.

Meanwhile, at the Brookfield tournament in Dublin, Ulster players Jack Hudson, Caleb Ralston, Jessica Moore and Rachel McCrum have all progressed to the last eight.