Cork will welcome back the Senior Inter-Provincial Championships after 10 years this weekend as Lower Aghada Tennis Club host the competition.
The tennis championship will see the four provinces, each represented by five men and five women, battle it out over two days in singles and doubles matches.
There will be eight players with professional experience on display with defending champions Munster boasting Paul Fitzgerald and Sinead Lohan.
Fitzgerlad has past experience playing in the German League while University of Miami student Lohan ranks fourth in the college system after winning her first professional tournament.
Although he may not yet be professional, 17 year old Sean O’Callaghan travelled to Wimbledon last month as a hitting partner and the bright prospect will look to grow his profile in Lower Aghada.
Twenty matches will be played today, with eight mens’ and womens’ singles matches taking place before four doubles matches close the day out.
An intensive second day sees 40 matches scheduled with each province’s win going towards their respective total. It is a weekend that Tennis Ireland are looking forward to as they look to take the sport to the next level nationwide.
“A lot of people don’t know but there are 45 clubs in Munster and over 20 in Cork. Almost 100,000 people play tennis in Ireland, which is the same as hurling!” explains James Cooney.
“It’s a sport played all over Ireland and there’ll be people travelling from all over the country so it’ll a great way of making ourselves known.”
Matches will be played in the East Cork tennis club today between 3pm and 8pm. It will continue on Saturday for an all day event from 9am to 7.30pm .
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