Last night the draw for the Junior Australian Open was made with Irish interest very much involved.
17 year old Simon Carr from Mullingar goes directly into the main draw based on his ITF World junior ranking which sees him 53rd.
The son of former Dublin footballer Tommy, has drawn 16 year old Alexey Zakharov in the first round of the event. The Russian is currently ranked 64th in the ITF junior ranking.
It isn’t the first meeting between the two with a previous meeting in April 2016 in the Final of an ITF Junior Grade 3 event in Tunisia where Simon took the title in straight sets 6-2 6-4.
Carr’s tournament begins on Saturday the 21st which will be the fourth match on Court 10 commencing at 11am (Melbourne time).
Carr was a student at Mullingar CBS before he decided to leave so he could focus on his tennis career where he will look to develop and to be one of the top players in the world.
Down through the years there have been plenty of Irish players who have threatened to break through on the world stage like Conor Niland who led the way for a long time as Ireland number one and now James McGee is the man leading the way but a lot of hope and belief is surrounding this youngster who is showing real promise and if he keeps going the way he is will challenge McGee and bring a great rivalry which will improve both players standards.
However the Westmeath native has only one focus on his mind at this present stage of his career and that is the first game of his upcoming tournament where he will have sights on going all the way to the final.
It’s an exciting time for Carr and playing in such a big major event for the sport will give him great experience in his development towards pushing onto the senior ranks