P&O Irish Sea Larne Open Senior Tennis Tournament 2010
The P&O Irish Sea Larne Open Senior Tennis Tournament was held on the Glenarm Road tennis courts of Larne Bowling and Lawn Tennis Club from June 9th to June13th 2010.
The Senior tournament has only been made possible with the very generous sponsorship from P&O Irish Sea which has a long history of supporting sports events in Larne. The additional sponsor as always wasGotto Sports from south Belfast who have also been a great source of financial support to this tournament over itsduration of four years.Larne B<C already host annually the very successful East Antrim Junior Tennis Championships which started eighteen years ago and is a major event in the Ulster junior tennis calendar.
Tournament Organiser,Albert Smythe, was optimistic that with the excellent prize money available and Larne’s strong position in Ulster tennis,a quality entry would be achieved.This was indeed the case with all Ulster’s top male and female tennis playersin the draw.
All of Larne’s recent Senior Interprovincial stars took part with Nelson Boyle providing a strong challenge to last year’s winner PrzemecStecfor theP&O Irish Sea Larne Open MensSingles title. As it turned out Nelson narrowly lost a very entertaining final to his Polish opponent 6-4 7-5.
Larne female tennis playersdominated the Ladies Singles event with an all Larne final in which Lynsey McCullough had a convincing win overFiona Gallagher 6-3 6-2.Lynsey also went on to win the Ladies Doubles event beating fellow team mates Lynsey and Lauren Smythe 6-2 6-3 and Mixed Doubles event with partner Karl Donaldson from Belfast Boat Club.
Long time Larne player Jim Watt, who is employed byUlster Branch Tennis Ireland, organised the draw and helped to promote the tournament.Jimalso ensured that members of the Irish Tennis Development Squadparticipated.
LB<C would particularly like to thank George Stevenson (Tournament Referee) once again for his efficient organisation that ensuredan excellent tennis tournament for all those involved.The Larne Tournament committee would like to acknowledge the contribution made to the tournament by the numerous Club players who took part over the weekend and ensured that this was an extremely successful event once again.We look forward to continued support from our main sponsor P & O Irish Sea and members of the Larne Club in 2011.