Shane Cooke, President of Munster Tennis, was speaking to WLR FM's Sports Editor, Gavin Whelan, ahead of the 33 Irish National Seniors (Veterans) Close Championship. Speed through to the 31:20minute mark to listen in via Soundcloud. Click here for WLR FM's Live Player App.
Calling all Tennis Fans
Whether you are a beginner, a Club Player, an international, a parent or support our game as a coach, administrator or as a volunteer, Tennis Ireland is looking for your help.
Tennis Ireland is building a 4 year strategy that will meet the needs of existing players at all levels in reaching their potential, and building the profile of tennis in Ireland so we can attract others to participate and enjoy our game. The plan will provide a roadmap that will help Clubs, Coaches, Provinces and our Performance Players, whilst allowing us to partner successfully with others supporting the game such as, but not limited to, the Dublin Lawn Tennis Council and the Parks Tennis Organisation.
How can you get involved?
Tennis Ireland have put together a steering team, representative of every aspect of the sport, for the project who have designed a consultation framework that allows people to get involved in several ways:
Firstly, we have scheduled a series of workshops around the country to meet and gather the ideas and aspirations of people who are involved in tennis at all levels, these meetings will be facilitated by Pinta Consulting, to capture the best ideas as to how we can grow and improve the experience of tennis at all levels. The meetings will be two hours in duration and are designed so that we can listen to all the diverse voices of tennis.
The schedule and location of these meetings are as follows:
21st September - North Dublin - Crowne Plaza, Santry (Dublin Airport) 7pm-9pm
26th September - Cork - Firgrove Hotel, Mitchelstown 7pm-9pm
28th September - Belfast - Crowne Plaza, Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast 7pm-9pm
2nd October - South Dublin - Clayton, Leopardstown 7pm-9pm
3rd October - Claremorris - McWilliam Park, Claremorris 7pm-9pm
5th October - Naas - Osprey Hotel, Naas 7pm-9pm
We would really ask that you come along, if you can. Everybody is welcome!
To assist with the management of these events participants are asked to register their interest in attending via the link below a minimum of one day prior to the event.
If you can’t make one of our workshops – you can still contribute to an online survey.
MY POINT; The Plan for Tennis in Ireland which will be launched on September 25th and will run for 4 weeks. This survey, which will be sent to you and will be available via the Tennis Ireland website and will only take 15 minutes to complete and will give you the opportunity to outline what matters most for you and this in turn will help us to shape the future of tennis in Ireland.
If you wish to go into greater detail, we would welcome that also written submissions are welcome via MYPOINT@tennisIreland.ie
This is your opportunity to make your point, so don’t miss it.
Pictured is Andrew Jones, of Bluebird Care, and Shane Cooke, President of Munster Tennis, ahead of the Young Seniors Interprovincial Championships being hosted by Belfast Boat Club, proudly displaying the official squad kit provided by Joma & Teamwear Ireland which features the distinctive corporate logo of Bluebird Care.
The Young Seniors Munster Tennis Squad set off for Belfast this weekend to take part in the three day Interprovincial Tournament at the prestigious Belfast Boat Club on the banks of the River Lagan, and will be looking resplendent in their purpose made Joma branded tennis wear thanks to the generous support of Bluebird Care.
Commenting on an arrangement that will see the distinctive vivid Bluebird Care logo proudly adorned on the left sleeve of all our players’ Joma kit at the weekend, Munster Tennis’ Commercial Advisor, Kevin Mullen, enthused “Andrew Jones (MD of Bluebird Care, Tipperary and East Cork) kindly stepped forward to offer his backing to the Young Seniors ahead of a tournament he will actually be featuring in as a valued member of the Mens 35 team. We thank him sincerely for his generous support in what we hope will be a very memorable weekend for all concerned with Munster Tennis”.
An opportunity to cement his loyal backing to his very own squad is not something Limerick Lawn Tennis Club member Andrew could decline easily, and commenting after the official kit handover to President Shane Cooke, Andrew proudly said “As a strong supporter of Munster and Irish tennis and as a player now for over 25 years, it is my pleasure to have Bluebird Care associated with this team. I look forward to the team having a very successful weekend in Belfast and on behalf of Bluebird Care and all our staff, we wish them the best of luck representing their Province.”
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The 2017 Munster Summer Cups Finals were hosted by Sunday's Well Boating and Tennis Club, Cork, on Sunday, 3rd September.
This tournament, contested by knock-out matchplay, is always tough, highly competitive and exciting from the first ball hit on start date to the last on Finals Day.
The weekly "buzz" created by the results was heightened this year by their easy availability on the new League Software on the Munster Branch website.
The teams from all over Munster who battled through to the Finals of 2017 treated the large crowd of supporters and spectators to quality, high standard, thrilling tennis in every grade; 1 through to 6. All results can be found on here .
That scorelines in tennis do not always reflect the play was certainly proven on Sunday with nerve-jingling finishes to all matches being the order of the day.
Munster Branch extend Congratulations and WELL PLAYED to all players, Winners and Runners-up, in every grade and would like to acknowledge the exemplary sportsmanship shown throughout the day.
Many thanks to our Principal Event Partners, Walsh's Carpets, and also to sponsors Keanes Jewellers (for their continued generous support of the Ladies Grade 4 event) and Sunday's Well for their warm welcome to us all, for the use of their excellent clubhouse and facilities and for keeping us fed and watered throughout the day!
Lastly, it has to be said that the weather was "reasonably" kind to us. A Great Day had by all! Go to Munster Tennis Facebook page to see photos of the Finals.
What an amazing few days we have had in Rushbrooke for this year's Junior Interprovincials.
Starting off on Tuesday with the Under 18 event we had Leinster blazing a trail to the title but we were entertained with great tennis over the three sessions.
On Wednesday we started the Under 14 event and Munster finished deserving winners at the end of play today. The final day on Thursday saw some of the best action seen for many a year with some spectacular matches both in the morning and afternoon sessions.
Congratulations to all the players who showed remarkable sportmanship throughout the three days and it was fantastic to see all the players from the provinces mixing and getting on so well with each other. Thank you to the captains, mentors and all the supporters who attended the event.
To the different sponsors on our side we would like to thank Harbour Browns Steak house in Cobh for the fantastic gear for both our junior teams and also our Senior team. Thank you to FDC Group who sponsor our senior performance squad which provided many of the players to the winning team,thank you to C&C Group for the bottled water for the players for the event and also to some of the local businesses who provided minerals and fruit.
Thank you to Colm and Emma Mc Donagh for the great coverage on our social outlets and especially for the many great pictures that captured the action throughout the event.
This year we decided to see if we could try and raise the profile of the event a little bit with a few new ideas. We produced many photographs and tried to cover each and every player that they might have something to look back on, we streamed live some of the action and also streamed the two presentations live.
Finally, we decided to present each player with a medal as recognition of their participation and it was great to hear the captains call out their players and to be presented by Tennis Ireland President Mr Clifford Carroll. Hopefully this might be something other provinces might continue as it's the players that make the event that it is and it's a nice gesture which all the captains and players were really delighted with.
Finally a word about Rushbrooke, a really spectacular setting for such an event. Thank you for use of your magnificent facility. Well done to Eddie Ronayne and the rest of the team Robyn, Maggie, Paul & Martin who showed how it should be done. Well done to the bar staff of Rushbrooke who tirelessly looked after all the players with food and drink over three tough days.
Thank you all for making this a great event in 2017.
Head of Performance Tennis, Cian Blake, was in the studios of Cork's Red FM ahead of the upcoming Junior Interprovincial Championships being held at Rushbrooke Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club in Cobh, East Cork.
Cian gave the low down of the talented under 14s and 18s squads to Red FM's Ruairi O'Hagan, and you can listen in by clicking the link below (skip to 44 minutes).
Our sincere thanks again to Cork's Red FM for their support ahead of a crucial week down in East Cork.
With the Country's finest young tennis talent heading to Rushbrooke Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club in Cobh for the Junior Interprovincial Championships next week, we're delighted to welcome Cork's Red FM on board to give the talented youngsters of Munster some invaluable exposure as they take on their rivals from Leinster, Ulster and Connacht over three days in East Cork.
Munster Tennis' Head of Performance Tennis, Cian Blake, has been in the studio with Cork's Red FM's Ruairi O'Hagan over the weekend to give the low down on the under 14s and under 18s squads, and Red FM will be updating throughout the week with news and the scores as they happen in Rushbrooke.
You can tune in to Cork's Red FM's award Big Red Bench dedicated sports show on Sunday from 6pm to hear what Cian had to say about the Munster youngsters as they look to win silverware in Cobh and proudly fly the flag for their Province.
You can listen in online from across the province and country (or even further afield!) at www.redfm.ie or tune in across Cork city and county at:
With preparations well underway ahead of the Junior Interprovincial Championships at Rushbrooke Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club next week, officials from Munster Tennis were in Cobh on a busy long weekend Friday to unveil their new Joma branded squad match wear at leading restaurant Harbour Browns Steakhouse, who have generously supported the under 14s and under 18s Munster squads for the prestigious occasion.
Owner Gary Brown was only too happy to lend his support to Munster Tennis’ finest talent, and said “we’re proud that the country’s best young talent is heading to Cobh, and I am delighted to offer support to the boys and girls of Munster so that they can look as good as they can play. We all look forward to sharing in a great event and I hope to be able to welcome the winning players and their supporters to the restaurant by the end of the week!”
Provided by leading supplier, Teamwear Ireland Limited, our young squads will be looking sharp in their traditional red, and change colours of white / black, Joma performance fit tennis tees and zip warm up tops.
Speaking at the unveiling at Harbour Browns, Munster Tennis’ Head of Performance Tennis, Cian Blake, said “on behalf of all of us associated with Munster Tennis, I am delighted to welcome Gary and all the team at Harbour Browns’ on board for what promises to be an excellent few days of interprovincial tennis at Rushbrooke Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. We all look forward to hopefully bringing a cup or two back to the restaurant at the end of the week!”
Open for dinner on Wednesday, and lunch & dinner on Thursday, during the three day championships (Tuesday 8th August to Thursday 10th August 2017), all players, supporters and guests visiting Cobh are welcome to request a table reservation online at www.HarbourBrownsSteakhouse.ie or call 021 481 1604.
Owner of Cobh restaurant Harbour Browns Steakhouse, Gary Brown, pictured with Munster Tennis' Head of Performance Tennis, Cian Blake, at the unveiling of Harbour Browns Steakhouse's sponsored Joma branded kit ahead of the Junior Interprovincial Championships being hosted at Rushbrooke Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club in Cobh, County Cork between Tuesday 8th and Thursday 10th August 2017.
Munster Tennis is delighted to announce a new partnership with The Fota Collection, the Cork-based hospitality and leisure group that includes the world-renowned Fota Island Resort and The Kingsley.
With combined world-class facilities across two Cork locations that include everything from dedicated tennis courts to three championship golf courses with world-leading spa and fitness centres, the members and players of Munster Tennis can now avail of the same high standard of welcome and sporting expertise at The Fota Collection facilities that many leading athletes and sports team from across Europe enjoy.
President of Munster Tennis, Shane Cooke, said “This is the first of many new partnerships we shall be announcing over the coming weeks and I am extremely pleased to welcome the prestigious, world-class leisure and sports destination, The Fota Collection, as an Official Partner.
“With Fota Island Resort and The Kingsley being perfectly located for all tennis events hosted at our member clubs in and around Cork, I am sure competing players, their families and friends will be delighted to avail of the fabulous facilities that are now on offer at a tremendous rate to everyone associated with Munster Tennis.”
Commenting at the launch at a sun-drenched Fota Island Resort, The Fota Collection’s Sports & Events Manager, Phillippa Deane, welcomed the new addition to the already enviable sports pedigree by adding “We are delighted to join Munster Tennis as an Official Partner and look forward to welcoming the members, players and their guests to Fota Island Resort and The Kingsley.
We are proud to welcome many leading sports athletes and teams from across Europe to The Fota Collection facilities on an ongoing basis and we are confident that our combined facilities and locations in Cork will prove very popular for the players, families and supporters of Munster Tennis, be it for tournaments and events or purely for leisure and relaxation.”
Details of special rates and combined packages exclusively available to members and players of Munster Tennis will be announced very soon. General booking enquiries (ask for Tennis Rates, please) are welcome to:
Fota Island Resort : +353 21 488 3700 | The Kingsley : +353 21 480 0500 | www.TheFotaCollection.ie