Ulster Junior Open 2016

The Ulster Junior Open concluded on Friday 29th July with some high quality and closely contested finals with a new winner in both the girls and boys singles.  On the girls side Dundalk’s Marie Perla Biansumba overcame Windsor’s Laura Reid to add to the Under 16 title she won last year.  While on the boys side Finlay McFadyen, fresh from his doubles victory at the Belfast ITF, came back from a set down to beat Portadown’s Caleb Ralston.  

Maria Perla Biasumba  Finlay McFadyen with Chris Sanlon  Ben Neal

With both of this year’s winners in their first year of Under 18s there’s a good chance they will be looking to get their name onto the winners board for a 2nd year in a row next year. 

In the other events the Under 14 boys title was won by Boat Club’s Ethan Hance after a host of the seeds fell in the quarter and semi finals and the final was contested by Ethan and fellow Boat Club player Alex Armstrong.   In the Under 14 girls events it was an all family affair with Emma and Rebecca McCabe contesting the singles final which was won by the older sister Rebecca before they joined forces to win the girls doubles.

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Throughout the week there was plenty of entertainment going on off the court as well which is what makes the Ulster Junior Open a bit different.  Everything from football, uni-hoc, tennis games, dodgeball, messy games, treasure hunts and of course MOTD videos kept everyone entertained between matches. 

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The full results from the week can be viewed at the tournament website – http://www.ulster-junior-open.org&;source=gmail&ust=1471341160606000&usg=AFQjCNFPU3MH2NmflMpirXvXGw73tuTs-A" style="color:rgb(17, 85, 204)">www.ulster-junior-open.org.  To view more photos from finals day and throughout the week have a look here – http://www.facebook.com/ulsterjunioropen&;source=gmail&ust=1471341160606000&usg=AFQjCNGVuBgZnjaxLNV-y0gJsPnd5IF3nQ" style="color:rgb(17, 85, 204)">www.facebook.com/ulsterjunioropen – MOTD videos are all available here as well or also on YouTube here http://www.youtube.com/user/UlsterJuniorOpen2012&;source=gmail&ust=1471341160606000&usg=AFQjCNFGnFtMgX7j9fu2rkM6Yo9Q58E55Q" style="color:rgb(17, 85, 204)">www.youtube.com/user/UlsterJuniorOpen2012. 

Many thanks to everyone who took part and we look forward to seeing you all again next year!

Chris Sanlon


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