LIMERICK’S Conor Niland has narrowly missed out on qualifying for the second round of Wimbledon following an epic match against Adrian Mannarino.
Niland, who is ranked more than 130 places lower than his French opponent, came within minutes of completing what would have been one of the early shocks of the tournament.
The 29-year-old proved to be more than a match for Mannarino during the five-set match, which lasted for four hours on Court number 17 at the All England Club in South West London.
Niland got off to the perfect start winning the first set 6-4 but Mannarino responded well by winning the next two 6-4, 7-6.
Limerick man, Niland, then levelled matters by winning the fourth set 6-4 and despite leading 4-1 at one point in the fifth set he lost on a 6-4 scoreline.
Mannarino, 22, will now face the former World number 1 and six-time Wimbledon champion, Roger Federer, in the second round.