Kyran Maguire won the biggest title of his fledgling tennis career when he was crowned Belfast Hardcourt champion at CIYMS in Holywood, County Down on Sunday. 
Kyran, a member of Irvinestown Lawn Tennis Club and son of Ireland international John, was seeded two for this tournament but produced a superb series of displays to win the title. 
Kyran opened up in the first round with a straightforward 6/2 6/1 victory over Cameron Beattie from Belfast and followed this up with another straight sets win over Bradley Yeats from Bangor which put him into the semi-final. 
There he lost a tight opening set on the tie break but upped his play a gear to take the next two sets with ease and defeat number four seed Cian McDonald by a scoreline of 6/7 6/2 6/1. 
This set up an eagerly anticipated final against number one seed Rory Cunningham who had defeated Kyran a week earlier on rubber courts. However, Kyran was now playing on his favoured omni-court and entered the final with plenty of confidence. 
Cunningham took the opening set 7/5 but Kyran showed great mental and physical strength at the end of a demanding week to dig deep and win the final two sets 6/3 6/4 to deservedly take the title. 
Ronan McKeever, also from Irvinestown, competed in the U18 section and produced some superb tennis to power into the final before losing out to top seed Matthew O’Boyle /2 6/3. 
Kyran and Ronan teamed up in the U18 doubles and also made it hrough to the final before losing out 7/5 6/4 at the end of a long and competitive week at these championships which attract some of the top players in the country. 
Kyran’s singles maintains his Ulster top four ranking.