Simon Carr’s hectic weekend in Majorca

Irish teenager Simon Carr bowed out of the qualifying draw of the ITF Men’s Futures event in Majorca in the wake of his frantic dash from Tunisia on Friday to make the deadline for the outdoor claycourt event.
Simon Carr’s hectic weekend in Majorca

After romping to a 6-0, 6-2 win over Spain’s Charles Benet-Brady in the opening round of the qualifying draw on Saturday, the son of Dublin football legend Tommy Carr came up short yesterday to the host country’s Jaime Fermosell, the No 7 seed, 6-4, 6-2 in his second round contest.

On Friday, after losing in the semi-finals of the ITF U18 circuit event in Hammamet, Tunisia, the 16-year-old Mullingar lad had only 90 minutes to make a 60-minute journey to Tunis Airport and catch a flight to Barcelona and onwards to Palma, Majorca.

His father had to spend hours trying to contact the tournament referee of the U18 event to confirm to his counterpart of the Majorca event that Simon managed to catch a flight which would enable him to arrive at the Paguera site before the 6pm sign-in deadline on Friday evening.

If Tommy Carr had been unable to do that, his son’s place would have been allocated to a standby player.

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