Ulster Tennis Mourns Christopher Cree


It was with the utmost sadness that Ulster Branch Tennis Ireland learnt of the untimely passing of Chris Cree last weekend. 

Chris was a very talented tennis player who was a big part of the Ulster and Irish Junior Tennis scene.

He made an early impact by winning both the Under 12 Ulster Junior Open and Ulster Junior Hardcourt titles in 2010 and in 2011 he was runner up at Under 14 in the Ulster Junior open and easily secured his place on that years Under 14 interprovincial team which won the event at Hilden Tennis Club.

The winning of that Interprovincial title shows how strong that age group of Ulster children were and Chris was always able to compete well within it.

Interpro U14 Team 2011

However, it will not be just for his success that we will remember Chris. He was without doubt one of the most pleasant and well-mannered players we have ever looked after.

Organised and calm on and off court, always immaculately turned out and with his cap placed firmly down on his head so the opposition could see little of what he was thinking!

He was a real credit to his parents and to the AGP Academy who coached him.

He was as devoted to his parents and family as they were to him and never failed to make them proud.

We have had much contact from players all over Ireland expressing their sadness at the loss of Chris but it has been the outpouring of sadness from amongst his peers that has been most noticeable and which stands in great tribute to him.

To his devoted parents Melanie and Alan and all his family we offer our sympathy, thoughts, friendship and support as they try to deal with their huge loss.

Chris will never be forgotten by the Tennis fraternity in Ulster and will always be remembered with great affection.