LOCAL tennis stars Deirdre Collins (Limerick Lawn Tennis Club), Lena O’Connor (Monaleen Tennis Club) and John Reidy (Limerick Lawn & Monaleen) are in Miami for the ITF Young Seniors (35s, 40s, 45s) World Team Championships.
Players compete in national veterans tournaments and inter provincials and get selected based on results in those competitions. Deirdre Collins competed in the women’s 45+, Lena O’Connor captained the women’s 35+ group and John Reidy took part in the men’s 40+.
Speaking to the Limerick Leader this week from Miami, Reidy confirmed that the players all had to pay their own way, a noble act to say the least.
"All players pay their own way. So we (family) also took the opportunity to make a holiday out of it. Aoibhe and the kids, Odhran (15), Kevin (9) and Sinead (6) are flying in this week. We’re going to stay on in Florida for a week after the tennis is over then," he explained.
In the group stages of the Mens competition, John Reidy played doubles with Matthew McGann, losing out in their group to both Chile and France. Ireland have now to play Norway in the 13-20th finishing spot in the main draw.
In the Women's 45+ draw, Ireland were in a pool with Sweden, USA and Germany. Ireland finished third in the pool behind the USA and Germany marking up 3 wins from their nine rubbers. The Ireland side, including Deirdre Collins will now face Argentina in the 11th-12th placing final.
In the Women's 35 category, Ireland finished bottom of their group which included Germany, Switzerland and South Africa. However Lena O'Connor from Limerick did win Ireland's only point in her Victoria Goodall 4-6 6-1 6-3.
Ireland then went on to lose to Argentina in the playoffs.
The tournament, for Reidy, comes off the back of a return to tennis, following some time away with contact sports.
"I played a lot as a junior but gave it up to play rugby and soccer in 20s and 30s. At 35 then I wanted to play non contact sports so I picked up the racket again."
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