New CEO for Tennis Ireland

Tennis Ireland’s new chief executive will be Richard Fahey, taking up the position next January.

He has held a number of senior management posts with the FAI over the past fifteen years, most recently as Director of Club Licensing and Facility Development.

Ireland are playing in Euro-Africa Zone Group III in both the Davis and Fed Cups in 2017, three divisions below the World Group, and will be competing in round-robin series as opposed to head-to-head contests against individual nations, as is the case in the higher divisions.

Tennis Ireland Chairman, David Barber, welcoming the appointment said: “We are delighted Richard has agreed to join us as our new Chief Executive Officer next January. The Board and I very much look forward to working with him to drive the development of tennis in Ireland to new heights of participation and achievement for all players, clubs and for all age groups together with the performance of our elite players both home and abroad”.

Speaking about his appointment, Richard Fahey said: “ I am very much looking forward to taking up my role as Chief Executive Officer of Tennis Ireland and to work closely with the staff and Board of Tennis Ireland and with everyone involved in tennis on the island of Ireland to further develop this wonderful sport”.

Davis Cup QF – Ireland v Finland

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Grand National weekend it may be, but there’s a decent weekend of international sport in Dublin this weekend, with international handball at DCU and the Davis Cup quarter-finals at Castleknock.

Ireland’s men’s handballers went down 28-12 to Belgium last night, and face Estonia Saturday afternoon at DCU at 2pm in a bid to keep their European qualifying hopes alive – having fallen in Tallinn at Hallowe’en.

Tennis-wise, after dispatching Estonia in the first-round, it’s Finland now for Ireland in the Euro/Africa Zone Group II quarter-final at Castleknock – ticket sales have been brisk, and the opening day’s action is live on Setanta Ireland from 2:55.

Colin O’Brien joins Sam Barry and James McGee, who both won a singles match each against Estonia along with a winning doubles combination in the middle rubber.

The weekend schedule reads –

Friday
R1: James McGee (IRL) v Harri Heliovaara (FIN)
R2: Colin O’Brien (IRL) v Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)
Saturday
R3: Sam Barry/James McGee (IRL) v Henri Kontinen/Jarkko Nieminen
Sunday
R4: James McGee (IRL) v Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)
R5: Colin O’Brien (IRL) v Harri Heliovaara

The last remaining tickets can be bought here

 

It will be a difficult encounter for the Irish to win, but Nieminen apart, the rankings are somewhat even.

IRELAND – 

    • Date of birth: 10 Jun 1987
    • Singles ranking: 276
    • Date of birth: 27 Jan 1992
    • Singles ranking: 595
    • Date of birth: 13 Nov 1988
    • Singles ranking: 854
    • Date of birth: 17 Apr 1984
    • Singles ranking: 1004

FINLAND – 

It’s winnable. The all-time record has Finland in front 4-3, and the winners face either Latvia or Monaco in September.

All-time record
2006 – FIN d. IRL 3-2 in FIN – Tali Tennis Center, Helsinki
1989 – FIN d. IRL 5-0 in IRL – Fitzwilliam LTC, Dublin
1984 – IRL d. FIN 3-2 in FIN – Helsinki
1982 – IRL d. FIN 4-1 in IRL – Fitzwilliam LTC, Dublin
1971 – FIN d. IRL 5-0 in FIN – Helsinki
1956 – IRL d. FIN 4-1 in IRL – Dublin
1953 – FIN d. IRL 4-1 in FIN – Helsinki

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