Irish On Tour | October 2017 Update
September was a very strong month for Irish players with male players making six finals between them while Sinead Lohan picked up a significant title in American college tennis.
By Stephen Higgins | 1 October 2017
September was a strong month for Irish players as Pete Bothwell, David O'Hare, Sam Barry and Julian Bradley reached six finals between them on the ATP and ITF tours while Sinead Lohan picked up a significant title in American college tennis.
Let's start with Pete Bothwell who enjoyed an excellent month on the ITF doubles circuit.
At Nottingham and Roehampton, Bothwell and his partner Luke Johnson reached successive finals. Then, at a Future in Barnstaple, England, the Hillsborough man teamed up with Neil Pauffley and defeated Robert Carter and Ryan Peniston of Great Britain 6-5 6-7 [10-6] in the final. It is the third ITF doubles title of Bothwell's career.
Across the Atlantic, Irish no.1 Sinead Lohan claimed the Milwaukee Tennis Classic thanks to a 2-6 6-4 6-2 victory over Miranda Ramirez in the final. Lohan is the first University of Miami women's tennis player to lift the trophy and is now ranked 8th in the US college system.
Ireland's premier doubles specialist David O'Hare continued his fine form in 2017 with a run to the final of the Columbus Challenger. There, O'Hare and partner Luke Bambridge were beaten 6-7 6-7 by Denis Kudla and Dominic Koepfer.
After making the last eight of a Future in Bagneres-De-Bigorre, France, Sam Barry made a couple of deep runs in Canada. The Limerick man got to the last four in Toronto and followed that up with a final appearance in Niagara. At the latter event, Barry finished runner-up to Samuel Monette after a 3-6 6-7 scoreline.
Simon Carr closed out his junior grand slam career with a round of 16 showing at the US Open. Carr defeated Sangeet Sridhar and Jaimee Floyd Angele in the opening rounds at Flushing Meadows before falling 5-7 6-2 1-6 to Russia's Timofey Skatov. During the month, the Mullingar lad also made the round of 16 at a Future in Nottingham.
Finally, Julian Bradley and Sam Bothwell also had some doubles success on the ITF circuit. Bradley made the final of a Future in Novi Sad, Serbia alongside Nathan Pasha while Bothwell got to the last four of a tournament in Tunisia.
All rankings as of September 25, 2017