Belfast City International Tennis Federation (ITF) Tournament 2015


Ulster Branch Tennis Ireland (UBTI) has just announced details of the Belfast City Junior International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournament hosted by Windsor Lawn Tennis Club, Belfast, from 25th July 2015 to 31st July 2015. 

With support from Belfast City Council and many local sponsors including House & Stock,Neal Lucas Recruitment, Hastings Hotels, Oakmore, Towergate, Translink, Spar, Gotto Sports, The Gregory Guest House, Noteman McKee Architects, Russell Business Centre and Punjana UBTI are able to host the third Belfast City Junior ITF tournament at Windsor Lawn Tennis Club this year.  UBTI expect to welcome players from the USA and across Europe to lead an impressive programme of world class tennis competition. 

Tennis fans from around the Province are in for a real treat when top Ulster Junior players take to the courts to compete against International opposition in the ITF event.

Ulster’s Lucy Octave from Donaghadee, who last year reached the semi-finals of the girls event, and recently won the Ulster Senior Open at Belfast Boat Club for the second consecutive year, will provide a key home prospect.  Lucy has already played in two ITF’s events in Malta in recent months to help her prepare for the Belfast City Tournament.

Ulster Under 18 Coach, Sam Armstrong, said "I think it's wonderful to have the ITF back in Belfast again this year. It's great for all Ulster players to be able to compete in a tournament of this standard in their own backyard. It's tough for all our home grown players travelling throughout the year. It will be nice for them to stay at home and play with the support of family and friends.”

Annie and Caitlin McCullough have ambitions to win the Girls Doubles event after progressing to the final in 2014 only to lose out to Girls Singles winner, Georgia Drummy, and her partner Jennifer Timotin, both from Ireland.

Sam Bothwell will spearhead Ulster’s challenge for Boys Singles title as the current Irish Under 18 Champion, who also played Tri-Nations for Ireland in 2014, aims to better his first round main draw defeat in the event last year to eventual winner Euan Moore from Great Britain.

Sam Bothwell will continue the theme of promoting top class Irish Tennis at the ITF event when he stars in an exhibition match with his brother and Ulster’s first ever male professional tennis player, Peter Bothwell, on Thursday 30th July, 4.30pm,  at the Windsor Club.  Both players are now based at the Soto Tennis Academy in Spain to develop their tennis at an International level. The match will be the best of three sets as the brothers battle it out for glory and the accolade of being crowned as Ulster’s top Irish tennis player.

For the first time, Ulster Tennis has organized a Celebratory event at Belfast City Hall on Wednesday 29th July at 7pm for players, their families and Special Guests, including members of the local tennis community.  The Guest Speaker will be Des Allen, Tennis Ireland CEO, who will welcome all to the Belfast City ITF 2015 and review the history of tennis in Ireland.  The Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast, Guy Spence, will also be a Special Guest for the evening.

Lucy, Annie, Caitlin and Sam are likely to be joined in the event by fellow Ulster Under 18 players, Matthew McClurg, Ben McClurg, Laura Reid, Emily Beatty and Ben Cree.

Tournament Director and Windsor Tennis Club Coach, Simon McFarland said;

‘Having the ITF tournament at Windsor has been a great success over the last 3 years. It has been great to see so many European and International players and their coaches and families enjoying themselves in Belfast. For the Irish players, it is great to have three ITF tournaments in the country this year and this gives them all fantastic opportunities to gain all important ranking points for their future. We have a great example of that here in our own Windsor player Karola Bejenaru who is just back from French Open qualifying. Karola started off in this Belfast event in 2013 and since then has seen her ranking increase to 103 in the world at junior level. We welcome all the new and returning players back to Windsor Tennis Club.’

George Stevenson MBE, UBTI & Tennis Ireland President, said, “I would like to thank members of UBTI and Windsor Lawn Tennis Club for their hard work and commitment in organizing the ITF tournament and for the continuing financial support from all sponsors.  We welcome everyone to come and support the players during their matches at Windsor from 25th July to 31st July.”

Lauren Smythe

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Ulster Branch Tennis Ireland
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 pdfBelfast City ITF Junior Tournament 2015 Poster- Updated 2.pdf


ITF Celebratory Event 2015

Wednesday 29th July 2015 7pm-9.30pm


Ulster Tennis welcomes you and your Club members to the Belfast City ITF Junior Tournament 2015 Celebratory event at Belfast City Hall on Wednesday 29th July 2015 from 7pm to 9.30pm.

The key speaker is Des Allen, Tennis Ireland CEO, who will review the history of tennis in Ireland.  The Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast, Guy Spence, will also be a special guest for the evening.

This is a unique opportunity to support and celebrate tennis in Ulster whilst enjoying a finger buffet and meeting new and long-standing tennis friends. 

Tickets can be purchased from the UBTI Office at a cost of £15 by emailing Anna McCartan, UBTI Administrator, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or calling 028 9038 3808 and submitting payment to UBTI by 10am on Wednesday 22nd July 2015.  Please advise at the time of booking if you have any special dietary requirements. Please see poster below which you can download, print off and put on your Club Noticeboard to promote to club members

Please note that tickets are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis and any children purchasing a ticket must be under the supervision of an adult.

Please come and help celebrate tennis in Ulster with us at Belfast City Hall. We look forward to meeting you at this special event.




Belfast City Junior Tournament 2015- Exhibition Match
Thursday 30th July 2015 @ 4.30pm


An exhibition match will take place at Windsor Lawn Tennis Club on Thursday 30th July 2015 from 4.30pm between Peter Bothwell, Ulster's 1st Male Professional Tennis player, and Sam Bothwell, the current Under 18 Irish Champion.
Everyone is welcome to come along and support the players as they battle for glory and the accolade of being crowned Ulster's top Irish Tennis player.  
Children attending will also have the opportunity to have their photograph taken with Peter & Sam following the match.  Please register in advance for a photograph with players by downloading and completing the UBTI photographic consent form (see below)  and submitting via email to Anna McCartan at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the name of your child, your name, telephone number and email address.  

We look forward to you joining us at Windsor for an exciting evening of tennis.

A copy of the Exhibition match poster is available to download below:- Please print and add a copy of the poster to your Club notice board to promote this event to your Club members.





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