The Munster Branch faces one of its busiest weekends of the year with two of the biggest tournaments held in this country. Over 500 entries are expected in all age categories including U12 up to and including senior, vets (+40) and team events.
The action kicks off with the Munster Schools’ Cup on Friday, January 14, at 10am. Fifty teams from 20 different schools, from all over Munster, will compete in a team event for Primary Schools, U13, U15 and U19 age groups with events for boys, girls and mixed teams. It is expected that the strong increase in teams seen over the last two years will continue, particularly in the Primary Schools Section, which has seen a number of Schools such as Coppeen, Togher, Clogheen, Bantry and Scoil Mhuire Balllincollig compete for the first time.
The Munster Open is the largest annual tournament in Ireland and starts at 7pm that evening with the first and second rounds of the Men’s and Ladies Singles. This is the only combined junior/senior event in the country.
It is hoped that Michele McGreevy and Jason Sugrue will be back to defend their ladies and men’s titles. Michele will have to fight off sisters Tara Fusco and Rhonda Fox as well as last year’s finalist Elizabeth Dennett from Britain.
Jason is the current Irish No 1 but will have strong competition from last year’s finalist Na Ning, with Damien Lynch, John Murphy, Conor Nolan, Peter Graham, Ross Cullen, Marcus McDonnell, John Bowe, David Hayes and Conor Fahy also likely to be in contention.
Munster players such as Rachel O’Connor, Louise Long, Linda O’Sullivan, Pat Keane, Larry Paloma and Milos Soukup will be hoping to cause some upsets.