Irish On Tour | November 2017 Update
The month brought doubles titles for David O’Hare and Pete Bothwell as Georgia Drummy leapt up the junior rankings
By Stephen Higgins | 1 November 2017
October was an excellent month for Ireland’s premier doubles talent David O’Hare as he lifted a Challenger title and pushed himself into the world’s top 120.
Partnered by Luke Bambridge, the Dubliner rebounded from an early loss at the Stockton Challenger in California to win the following tournament in Fairfield. At the Fairfield Challenger, O’Hare & Bambridge defeated Akram El Sallaly and Bernardo Oliveira 6-4 6-2 in the final.
It is the 27-year-old’s fifth title of the season and moves him to 118 in the latest ATP doubles rankings, a place shy of his career best.
Pete Bothwell also earned some silverware during the month as he claimed a doubles Future in Sharm el Sheikh alongside partner David Perez Sanz. The pair beat Aliaksandr Liaonenka and Nikita Mashtakov 6-0 6-3 in the final in Egypt.
Irish no.1 Sam Barry spent October in Asia and made some deep runs in a couple of Futures. The Limerick man made the last eight, and last four, in successive events in Thailand.
In American college tennis, Irish no.1 Sinead Lohan lost in the round of 16 of the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships. The 22-year-old is seeded 7th in this week’s National Fall Championships in Palm Desert, California.
Simon Carr played a number of Futures in Portugal, Spain and Israel during the month. His best results came in the former, where he made the quarterfinals in both singles and doubles at Idanha-a-Nova.
Julian Bradley and Sam Bothwell also entered some Futures in October with Bradley a doubles semi-finalist in Kiryat Gat, Israel.
On the junior circuit, Georgia Drummy was victorious in a Grade 2 competition in South America.
The Donnybrook player beat Ana Makatsaria 7-5 6-4 in the final to win the Argentina Cup in Cordoba. Drummy also reached the doubles final there alongside Shelly Yaloz, eventually falling 6-7 4-6 to Julie Belgraver and Isabelle Haverlag.
Drummy closed the month with quarter-final runs in both the singles and doubles at the Uruguay Bowl in Montevideo. The 17-year-old is now ranked 84 in the ITF Junior rankings.
All rankings as of October 30, 2017