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ITF World Championships 2015- Mark Magrath Report

ITF World Championships 2015- Mark Magrath Report I was honoured to have been chosen to represent Ireland in the Young Seniors Team World Championships, where 35 countries in three age groups got the chance to compete in Antalya, Turkey. I was looking forward to going and playing Tennis for my country, however the experience exceeded all expectations. The Alibey resort where the event was held, was fantastic. It was situated on the coast, having 55 clay courts and everything else we could need from Restaurants, Turkish Baths, gymnasium, physio, pools, shops and the inevitable ‘Irish Bar’. It was an absolutely superb venue to play tennis. Having so many clay courts on site meant that all the teams played at the same venue, which allowed us the opportunity to watch other teams play, as well as supporting Ireland. This really added to the overall atmosphere of the event. The standard of Tennis played by team members from all countries was extremely high and I believe the Irish team did themselves proud. It was really enjoyable to play against Tennis players from different countries and backgrounds and to represent my country in a team environment. All the members of the Irish team made me feel very welcome, particularly as it was the first time I had met some of them. There was a great team atmosphere throughout the entire Championships. It was fantastic to experience international matches and despite being a bit nervous in my first match and serving three double faults, my performance improved as the week went on, losing a tight singles against Russia, winning a singles match against Bulgaria and ending the week in a 3.5 hour marathon loss to Canada. My body has just about recovered! I can safely say I now have the bug. The whole event gave me a real buzz and I can’t wait to represent Ireland again.

 

Belfast City Council Support for Sport Individual Grants Applications 2015

Belfast City Council Support for Sport Individual Grants Applications are now Open.

Applications are made by Ulster Branch Tennis Ireland.

If you think you fit the criteria below please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  with full information about the applicant before 30th November 2015 in order that the application can be completed by Ulster Tennis and submitted to Belfast City Council Central Grants Unit.

Full guidance notes can be downloaded by clicking on the link below:

pdfBCC_Guidance_Notes_11_S4S_Individual_Support.pdf

Eligibility  Applications must be made by governing bodies on the behalf of the athlete.

 Athletes must:

(1)Be residents of a Belfast city Council area or represent a sports club which is based in Belfast.

(2) Currently be on Governing Body Elite/High Performance Squads or equivalent in an Olympic, Paralympic or Commonwealth Sport.

 Athletes must not: 

(1) Be in receipt of Sport Northern Ireland’s Athlete Investment Programme (AIP) funding or hold an award from the Mary Peter’s Trust.

(2) Be in receipt of funding from another Local Authority

Eligible project costs

(1)Personal out of pocket expenses arising from travel to the rest of the UK or abroad to train

(2) Participation in governing body approved competitions outside Northern Ireland.

(3) Sports Science/Sports Medical/Physiotherapy/Sports Psychology Support on the listed training/competition trips

Ineligible project costs

We will not give funding for the following project costs:

(1) Insurance Costs (except reasonable and necessary travel insurance).

(2) Membership / licensing costs

(3)Day-to-day living costs

(4)Equipment

(5) Salaries

 

 

   

Tennis Programmes

Please can you check with Lauren Smythe at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or on 07540466750 or with Anna McCartan at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or on 02890 383808 if tennis programmes have been sanctioned by UBTI?  

   

Winter Provincial Matchplays

Entries are open for the Winter Provincial Matchplays - please note the following:

  1. If you qualified in first or second place from a regional matchplay or are exempt from a particular age group then you are eligible to enter the Provincials - the exempt players are listed below. PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE PROVINCIAL MATCHPLAYS OTHERWISE
  2. All entries must be made on-line via the tournament site at the link below
  3. All players must have a Tennis Ireland PIN number and enter in when making your entry. 
  4. All events will be played on indoor facilities - there will be a charge of £21 to cover the hire of facilities which is payable when entering online
  5. Players will have more than one match regardless of whether they win or lose - there will be a maximum of 4 matches per player over the weekend
  6. Entries will close for all Provincial matchplays on the Sunday before the weekend of the event
  7. If you are eligible to play in the matchplays but are not going to enter please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it as soon as possible to that your place can be offered to someone else
  8. The National Matchplays will take place the weekend of FRIDAY 4th to SUNDAY 6th DECEMBER
  9. If you have any queries about the matchplays please email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

RULES

The matchplays will be run according to the following rules:

Matchplay Rules 2014/5

EXEMPTIONS

The following players are exempt from playing regional matchplays in the age groups specified and can enter the Provincial matchplays directly in the specified age groups. 

BOYS EVENTS

Under 12 Under 14 Under 16 Under 18
Johnny McCracken Jack Hudson Caleb Ralston Peter Corrie
James Skelton Dylan Leeman Jordan McKeown Matthew O'Boyle
Tristan Ferguson Harry McCracken Rory Cunningham Jakob Robb
Mackenzie Connor Freddy Murray Kyran Maguire Ben McClurg

GIRLS EVENTS

Under 12 Under 14 Under 16 Under 18
Rachel McCrum Rachel McCrum Jessica Leeman Laura Reid  
Lucie McNaught Chrissie Bahrani Eimear Smyth Sarah Cousins
Bronagh Smyth Ciara Hill Megan Chambers Arianna Kennedy
Monica Cameron   Anna Guette Mary Parkash   Laura Griffin 

MATCHPLAY DATES

The Provincials will take place over two weekends as below - each age group will be played on one of the weekends only. The venues for each age group will be confirmed later:

Age Group Dates
Under 12 Boys Singles Friday 20th, Saturday 21st, Sunday 22nd November
Under 12 Girls Singles Friday 20th, Saturday 21st, Sunday 22nd November
Under 14 Boys Singles Friday 20th, Saturday 21st, Sunday 22nd November
Under 14 Girls Singles Friday 20th, Saturday 21st, Sunday 22nd November
Under 16 Boys Singles Friday 27th, Saturday 28th, Sunday 29th November
Under 16 Girls Singles Friday 27th, Saturday 28th, Sunday 29th November
Under 18 Boys Singles Friday 27th, Saturday 28th, Sunday 29th November
Under 18 Girls Singles Friday 27th, Saturday 28th, Sunday 29th November

  • Events with smaller numbers of entries may not require players to attend each day of the weekend
  • Matches on Fridays will take place in the evenings
  • Matches will not be scheduled on Saturday mornings

HOW TO ENTER

  1. Click on the tournament entry link below - if you do not have a Tournament Software account then you can create one through the website itself. Having an account will allow you to easily enter your details when entering any tournament which has online entry
  2. Follow the steps to enter the appropriate event - make sure that you are available on the weekend of the actual event for the appropriate age group in the table above. PLEASE NOTE WHICH OF THE TWO WEEKENDS YOUR AGE GROUP IS ON FROM THE TABLE ABOVE - you will only be playing on ONE of the two weekends
  3. Pay the entry fee of £21 - this can be made using any credit or debit card or via a PayPal account if you have one
  4. Submit your entry
  5. You will receive an email confirmation of entry to the email address which is associated with your entry. 

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE PROVINCIAL MATCHPLAYS UNDER 12 or UNDER 14

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE PROVINCIAL MATCHPLAYS UNDER 16 or UNDER 18

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Final 2015 UTP Rankings

The final UTP rankings for 2015 can be found from the UTP Rankings site.

The 2016 rankings will commence with the David Lloyd Belfast tournament and the Winter Matchplays.

Well done to everyone who competed in tournaments during the season to be placed on the ranking list, and good luck for next season!

   

Ulster University's Talented Athlete Scheme 2016/2017

Ulster Universitys Talented Athlete Scheme is designed to assist talented young sports performers in gaining access to a quality education at Ulster University whilst attaining success at the highest levels within their chosen sport.

for more information click on the information below:-

 

pdfTalented_Athlete_A4WEB-14Sept15.pdf

pdfTA_Eligible_Sports_WEB-9Sept15.pdf

   

Masters Team Playoffs

The Masters team playoffs will take place on SUNDAY 20th September for those who qualified in the top 4 in their age group in the Masters Superset last Sunday, or who were offered a place.

  • Under 12/14 Boys - Belfast Boat Club
  • Under 12/14 Girls - Downshire Hillsborough
  • Under 16/18 Boys - Belfast Boat Club

Starting time 10:00 am at both venues.

   

Belfast 2015 International Wheelchair Tennis Tournament

The Belfast 2015 International Wheelchair Tennis Tournament took place 11th-13th September 2015 @ GLL Belfast Indoor Tennis Arena

This annual Belfast City Council Ulster Open Wheelchair Tennis Tournament now in its 18th year of existence, has become one of the most popular competitions on the wheelchair tennis circuit. The event hosted by the local ‘Spokes In Motion’ Wheelchair Tennis Club in association with Belfast City Council and Tennis Ireland, again held at The Belfast Indoor Tennis Arena has attracted top players from England, Scotland, and Ireland all hoping to get their share of the silverware. The event organisers are delighted with the high standard of the players coming to do battle for the silverware, including Republic of Ireland No1 player Stephen Melvin and Scottish No 3 Player Peter Moore.

The final was an all Northern Ireland affair between two local players Stafford Lynn from Newtownabbey and Ivor Jess from Glenavy with Stafford claiming the win over 2 hours play with the final score 6-4 3-6 11-9.

For draws and results click here


Main draw winner Stafford Lynn and George Stevenson MBE

George Stevenson MBE President Tennis Ireland with Stafford Lynn

 

Jason Black  Stafford Lynn Winners

Doubles Winners Jason Black & Stafford Lynn

 

Ivor Jess  Gerry Milligan

Doubles Runners Up Ivor Jess & Gerry Milligan

   

Peter Bothwell ATP Singles Ranking up to all time high!

Nineteen year old Pete Bothwell returned to GB to play in the top tier Aegon National Open Club finals for A1 Pharmaceuticals making it to West Hants Bournemouth in the early hours of Friday 4 September from playing in a Turkey men's futures where he gained another main draw win subsequently losing to fourth seed in R2 ( Pete’s world ranking rising again on 14 September when new rankings posted). 

A1 Pharmaceutical team comprised world ranked British players Marcus Willis career high 322, Neal Pauffley career high 406, Toby Martin career high 641 and Pete career high 1163. 

Finals played Friday 4 to Sunday 6 September on the shale courts at West Hants Bournemouth comprising top 8 British club teams who made it through the league and play off’s :

 

Last 8 -- A1 won 4/0 v Macintosh LTC (Wales)  Pete winning 2/6 7/6 6/3 v Evans

Semi --  A1 won 4/0 v Bromley. Pete won 4&4 v Keelan Oakley career high 997 

Final – A1 won 4/2 v David Lloyd, Raynes Park, who had beaten a strong Sutton team in the semi finals, with the match score two all after the singles. Pete won 7/6 (10/8) in third set v Lewis Burton (career high 626 singles). A1 Won both dubs Pete and Toby Martin won 3&2 v Beecher & Burton 

Great experience and match practice before returning to the men’s futures tour where he will shortly be competing in Seville Spain, Bath, Tipton and Greece where he will be accompanied by Sam who is currently training at Soto.

 

As at todays date (14th September 2015) Petes ATP Singles ranking has risen to 1115.

   

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