New courts launch event - Tie-break Tennis Tens Tournament
To celebrate our new facilities, the Club organised an invitation tournament on 14/10/2017, with 8 of the top players in Ulster Tennis. The event was attended by Tennis Ireland CEO Richard Fahy and Ulster Tennis President George Stevenson. Also there was Robert Adair, Mayor of Ards & North Down Borough Council who own the facility and commissioned the redevelopment of the tennis courts.
Over 80 specators watched a fast-paced tournament using a tie-break format and the players coming onto court pumped up by the sound of their own chosen music. The tournament was won by current Ulster Senior and Junior champion Jordan McKeown of AGP who overcame runner-up Alex Watt also of AGP, in a great final.
Presentation area set up for the day by Club members with signs provided by sponsors Playrite, suppliers of the new court surface.
Richard Fahy (Tennis Ireland), Robert Adair (Mayor) , George Stevenson (UBTI President), Jim shannon MP, Alistair Dunn (Club Chairman).
The players were presented to the crowd with their bios before the tournament. Here is Romain Pollissier enjoying the razzmatazz. Romain is from St Tropez in France and currently playing with Donaghadee Tennis Club.
Robert Adair assisting with the draw for order of play, with players in background
Winner Jordan McKeown holding his trophy with Alistair Dunn and George Stevenson
The 8 players line up before the tournament draw.
on the left
L-R Ross Jenkinson; Jordan McKeown; Will Millar; Ben McClurg.
on the right
L-R Alex Watt; Peter Galt; Harry Ellesmere; Romain Pollicia
Below: Gallery of action photos of the players
It was a joy to watch the matches all played in good spirit with no bad language, no bad temper, no throwing of rackets, in line with Cloughey's policy of zero toleration. As you can see from the photos the players were enjoying themselves and the super new outdoor carpet surface
Below is gallery of photos from the event - click on photo to enlarge