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”.

Map of Olympic Park Rio 2016

Olympic Park 2016

The Olympic Park for Rio 2016 is still being built, as at January 2016.

It will consist of nine stadiums, plus a number of minor tennis courts as racquet sport returns to the Olympic Park, London 2012 having used Wimbledon at the other end of the city from the main Olympic Stadium for its tennis competition.

The three Carioca Arenas will be the main indoor stadiums for Rio 2016, linked by an inter-connecting roof. The pre-existing HSBC Arena will be used for gymnastics and trampoline – usually it is used for major basketball games and indoor concerts.

Swimming and diving will take place in different stadiums, indoor for swimming and outdoor for diving, though water polo will be played in both.

Taking a leaf out of London’s book regards their water polo stadium, the Future Arena is a temporary stadium that will be used for handball.

Riocentro, which will include boxing and weightlifting, is five minutes’ walk away from the Olympic Park.

Athletics will take place far far away from the Olympic Park, approximately 25km and 45 minutes’ drive away – when traffic is good. It’ll be staged at the Engenhão (also known at the Estadio Nilton Santos or Estadio João Havelange), best known as home of football club Botafogo.

The famous Maracanã – venue for the 1950* and 2014 World Cup Finals, and where Flamengo and Fluminense call home – will stage the football tournament in conjunction with the Engenhão, and will also host the opening and closing ceremonies.

The second map shows the main Olympic venues, plus the different coloured Metro lines, which will primarily serve the Engenhão and Maracanã. Rio’s most famous tourist spots – Christ the Redeemer, the Sugar Loaf mountain, the Copacabana and Ipanema are all closer to the city centre than almost all of the Olympic venues. Copacabana will host sailing and long-sistance swimming.


Davis Cup QF – Ireland v Finland


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 –

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


    • 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


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