Irish On Tour | September Update
Many of the Irish players travelled to Portugal while David O'Hare made another semi-final
By Stephen Higgins | 5 September 2017
Dublin's David O'Hare has had an excellent season on the ATP Tour, reaching a career-high doubles ranking of 117 in April.
The 27-year-old is still in the top 140 and began August with a run to the last four of the Kentucky Challenger alongside Luke Bambridge. The Anglo-Irish pair eventually lost 2-6 4-6 to Australian duo, and eventual champions, Alex Bolt and Max Purcell. O'Hare also entered Challengers in Aptos, California and Vancouver, Canada.
Irish no.2 Sam Barry trekked around Asia at the start of the month, entering a Challenger in Jinan, China, and a Future in Nonthaburi, Thailand. The Limerick man would eventually pick up two singles victories across August, one in Thailand and the other in a Future at Bagneres-De-Bigorre, France.
Pete Bothwell, Simon Carr and Sam Bothwell all spent a fortnight in Portugal for a couple of Futures in Sintra, on the outskirts of Lisbon.
The brothers paired up in the doubles competition and reached the last eight of the first tournament. The Bothwells were beaten 4-6 3-6 in the quarters by home pair Nuno Deus and Bernardo Saraiva.
Carr's best run came in the second week in Sintra as he recorded three qualifying wins to make the main draw. David Guez beat the Mullingar prospect 6-1 6-1 in the first round.
Meanwhile, Irish no.1 James McGee sadly retired from the first round of US Open qualifying 2-6 0-1 down to Christian Harrison.
All rankings as of August 28, 2017