Having just competed in the final event of the Ulster tennis season, The Belfast Hardcourt Championships at the Windsor Club in Belfast, Irvinestown Junior Tennis Club member Kyran Maguire was presented last weekend with the Best Player Award in recognition of his achievements over the season and also at the event where he reached the singles semi final and the doubles final.

Speaking on behalf of the Windsor Club Rosamund Thompson, Convenor of Ulster Junior Tennis, presented Kyran with his award and praised him for his achievements this year, highlighted by his selection on to the Ulster U14 Inter Provincial team last month and also on his success as being ranked in the top three players in Ulster.

She also spoke highly about his attitude, sportsmanship, comradeship and respect for fellow players both on and off the court, and his manners in always saying thanks to the tournament committee at the end of events and she added “in fact these manners are shown by all the junior players from the west which is a great testimony to them”.

For Kyran, it has been a long season travelling over 5500 miles to events in Dublin, Dundalk, Castlebar, Belfast and throughout Ulster. He trains 12-15 hours per week throughout the Winter months with Coach Matthew McGann and his Dad, John who is always there to advise him and plan his schedule.

At the tender of age of 13 the future looks bright for Kyran in the Ulster tennis scene and beyond.

Meanwhile, another local player was also impressing at the Windsor Club. Enniskillen Tennis Club’s Eimear Smyth was runner up in the U14 Girls singles, which was played on a round robin basis, while she won the doubles title.