Elite Players Fund

Tennis Ireland

  • 75.91% funded
  • € 7,621.00 pledged
  • Days Left

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Tennis Ireland is the official governing body for tennis in the whole of Ireland

Our junior players excelled in 2014 and have begun 2015 with a bang, competing at the Australian Open qualifiers as part of a strong team of Irish players, led by seniors James McGee and Louk Sorenson.

Dublin’s BNP Pariba’s National Academy is now brimful of talented juniors with live hopes of making it to the main ATP/WTF tours and even Grand Slams, but to achieve this these players need to compete regularly at an international level in order to gain experience and build ranking points.

Our performance director Garry Cahill has belief in these players and their potential to represent Ireland regularly at Wimbledon and other Grand Slams in the near future, however they need help to get there.

Why we are fundraising

We are setting up this project to raise money for our elite juniors, give them the best chance possible of  making it on to the main ATP/WTA Tours in the near future.

CDuffyNiblockFor these juniors to make it to the elite senior level they need to be able to travel around the world to competitions, and this gets very expensive.  If they can’t travel with a coach their chances of improving with their international peers, building valuable ranking points and getting major competition experience greatly diminishes.

Where your investment will go

We will use the money raised here to send coaches to international competitions with these elite players. This gives them a much better chance of succeeding and breaking through the ranks.

We all want to see some Irish players making the Grand Slams; for too long now we have sat back and watched Swiss, American, Czech and British players dominating.  This is our chance to change this and bring proper tennis success to Ireland, some of these elite Juniors could easily be in the top 100 in the next few years and our own Bjorn Thomson with an ITF ranking of 83 in the world, made the Australian Open qualifiers last week.

Imagine watching our young stars playing at Wimbledon or in the US, French or Australian opens!  With your support this is very possible.

Please help build Tennis Ireland’s future.

All the junior elite players are listed below

  • Sean Collins
  • Simon Carr
  • Jessica Leeman
  • Georgia Drummy
  • Jonathan Garcia
  • Connor Gannon
  • Cathal Butler
  • Ciaran Nolan
  • Cian Maguire
  • Anna Bowtell
  • Bjorn Thomson
  • Zara Ryan
  • Shauna Heffernan
  • Caiomhe Duffy Nilbock

(You can view last year’s big results in the ‘Achievements’ section below.)


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Shauna Heffernan (Tennis Europe U14s 402)

July/Aug 2014, Shauna reaches the Quarter Finals in Tennis Europe Dublin week 1 and 2.

Simon Carr (ITF 653)

November: B18 G5, Simon reached Semi Final in ITF AEGON Junior International Liverpool, Liverpool (GBR) December, Simon wins the Senior National Indoors (IRE)

Bjorn Thomson (ITF Ranking 83)

Oct 20 B18 GA, Bjorn reaches quarter finals in ITF, Grade A, Osaka Mayor's Cup - World Super Junior Tennis Championships, Osaka (JPN) May 20 B18 G4, Bjorn reaches semi final in ETC Cup, Budapest (HUN) Jan 13 B18, Bjorn reaches Quarter final of the Grade 1 in the ITF, Copa Gatorade, Caracas (VEN)

Georgia Drummy (ITF Ranking 706, Tennis Europe U14 girls best ranking 23rd in the world (3/2014)

Jul 28 G18 G5, Georgia wins the Belfast City ITF Junior Tournament, Belfast (IRL) Mar 31 G16, Georgia reaches the Quarter Finals in the Nike Junior International London, London (GBR) Mar 03 G14, Georgia reaches the semi final, in the TIM Essonne, Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois (FRA) In March 2013 Georgia was ranked 23rd in the world!

Zara Ryan (Tennis Europe U14's ranked 96)

Nov 10 G14, Zara reaches the Quarter Finals in the Aegon Junior International Edgbaston, Edgbaston(GBR) Oct 27 G14, Zara is a finalist in the Gran Canaria Yellow Bowl, Telde - Gran Canaria (ESP) Jul 28 G14, Zara reaches the Semi Final round in the Tennis Europe Dublin week 1 (IRL) May 19 G14, Zara is a quarter finalist in the Kopavogur Open, Reykjavik-Kopavogur (ISL)

Caoimhe Duffy-Niblock (Tennis Europe U14's ranked 143)

Nov 10 G14, Caoimhe is a Semi Finalist in the Aegon Junior International Edgbaston, Edgbaston (GBR) Aug 04 G14, Caoimhe is a Finalist in Dublin week 2 Tennis Europe event (IRL)

+Thank Yous and Updates

Thank you!

Thank you for all the support so far, you are all helping pave the way forward for Irish Tennis. A special thanks goes out to Bernard Lyons at Custodian Consultancy for the very generous support of €2,000.


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