Conor Niland – himself a former Ireland Davis Cup representative – was influential in the selection of the University of Limerick for the high-profile Davis Cup fixture involving Ireland and Austria in early February next.
Irish captain Niland, who attended St Nessan’s National School in Mungret and Crescent College Comprehensive before embarking on a professional career, revealed: “The players and I are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to bring Davis Cup tennis back to Ireland, and particularly in the city where I grew up and learned my own tennis.”
Tennis Ireland CEO Kevin Quinn added: ‘This will be an unmissable weekend on the tennis calendar. We’re hoping that the exciting event will attract general sports fans as well as all our traditional tennis fans and the many new ones who recently discovered our wonderful sport – which is now Ireland’s fourth most popular sport.”
Way back in 1989, an Irish team of Peter Wright, Seán Molloy, and Robert Dolan famously beat Senegal 4-1 in the Davis Cup at Limerick Lawn Tennis Club.