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did he not get injured and then his ranking dropped and he never came back?
Last week was a good week for the Irish. Louk Conor James and Colin all made qfs in their events, beating higher ranked opponents on the way.
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Also, John Morrissey, who won the Dublin event recently, made it to the finals of a Grade 4 in Cyprus last week and won the doubles tournament. He's also through to the QFs at another Grade 4 this week, in Israel.
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Players in ireland are gonna to start improving big time, juniors are getting great results in Europe

Hopefully Niland can break top 200 soon

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Sorensen and Niland have just squeezed into the quali in Aus Open. Hope they both make it over and play. Also have two in the qualis of the junior event. Surely thats the most ppl we've had at a GS in a long time?
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Good stuff. Sorensen might well have qualified for Wimbledon but for injury.
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Sorensen d. Crivoi (13) 4/6 7/6 6/3

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/...1/14149ms.html

Not sure how the 2nd set went but I half followed the breaker and he didn't need to save any mp's. think he won it to 3. In the 3rd set he broke in the 3rd game and held without ever facing a bp until 5-3, then broke again for the match.

Impressive win against a guy currently ranked 179 places above him.
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Great result for Louk! It would be awesome to see an Irish person in the MD of a major at last.

Not so good news for Conor Niland, however. He lost 1 and 3.
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Disappointing loss for Sorensen against Polansky after taking the first set. Polansky now plays Patience which would've been a very winnable match....
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Interesting time with two irishmen on the verge of main draws.
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yeah, good result for Sorensen beating Young. Good scoreline too. he lost a lot of tight matches against higher ranked players towards the end of last season.

winnable match against Bhambri coming up though the Indian had an impressive win over top seed marchenko in the last round.

Looks tougher for Niland who'll have to get past Darcis I think.
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Im gutted for Niland since I prefer him to Sorenson.

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Congrats to Louk for taking out Brambi 6-2, 6-7(6), 6-2 and making it into the Chennai Open. This looks extremely promising as he rolled in sets 1 and 3 and lost in close tiebreak in the second set.

First round match is against Stephane Robert of France:




Here is the draw: http://www.aircelchennaiopen.org/draws/singles

And here is the schedule: http://www.aircelchennaiopen.org/sch...results/jan5th

He gets the late, late match on Court 2. Louk wouldn't have it any other way.

C'mon Louk!

His 25th birthday is on Thursday. This could be quite a gift. If he beats Stephane, he gets the winner of the Ventura-Berrer match. These points are crucial.
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Do you think Louk should have his own thread?

Article from Irish Independent:
by Paddy Hickey
http://www.independent.ie/sport/othe...e-1999070.html

Sorensen's dream of taking on the big guns comes true



LOUK SORENSEN has given Irish tennis a massive boost by qualifying for the main draw of a top-tier ATP Tour event for the first time.

Sorensen yesterday achieved his ambition of joining the big guns of men's tennis with a 6-2 6-7 (6/8) 6-2 win over young Indian sensation Yuki Bhambri in the $398,000 Aircel Open in Chennai, India.

And Conor Niland yesterday went tantalisingly close to emulating the performance of his Davis Cup team-mate in the $1,024,000 Exxon Open, in Doha, Qatar.

After overwhelming Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the second round of the qualifying series, the 288-ranked Limerick man suffered a heartbreaking 1-6 6-1 7-6 (7/4) defeat to Belgium's Steve Darcis.

Sorensen, ranked No 293 in the world, played in the qualifying round of two ATP Tour events last year but failed to advance on both occasions.

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Now he finds himself in the 32-strong main draw along with the likes of Sweden's world No 8 Robin Soderling, who beat Roger Federer last week, and Croatia's 14-ranked Maric Cilic, conqueror of Andy Murray in last year's US Open.
Like Niland, Stuttgart native Sorensen, who today faces France's Stephane Robert, had three matches in the qualifying round.

His second contest featured a notable 7-6 7-6 victory over former world U-18 No 1 Donald Young of the United States.
Meanwhile, Belgium's Justine Henin made a triumphant return to professional tennis with a 7-5 7-5 win over Russia's Nadia Petrova in the Brisbane International first round yesterday.

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Early Year Success for Irish Tennis Players
Location: Chennai, India and Doha, Qatar
Date: Mon 04.Jan
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http://www.tennisireland.ie/news/int...tennis_players

This afternoon (4th Jan), Irish tennis found itself in the very happy position of having two of it’s leading players competing in the final qualifying rounds of the two major ATP tour events which are currently taking place in Chennai, India and Doha, Qatar.

Louk Sorensen is competing in the Chennai event and found himself today facing world number 335 Yuki Bhambri (IND) for a place in the main draw. He duly won through in three sets 6-2,6-7,6-2 and this makes Louk the first Irish player in the last 25 years to win through qualifying and claim a place in main draw of an ATP Tour event.

Louk now plays (Tuesday) Stephane Robert (FRA) and looks set to be the first Irish man of this era to win a Tour main draw match. The top seeds in this event are Robin Soderling (SWE), Marin Cilic (CRO), Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) and Janko Tipsarevic (SRB).

Almost at the same time, Conor Niland (Louk’s fellow Davis Cup team member) was doing battle with Steve Darcis (BEL) for a place in the Doha main draw. He went agonisingly close to achieving another first in losing this third round qualifying match in a third set tie-breaker. Federer, Nadal and Davydenko are the top three seeds in this event.

Today’s proceedings bode very well for the forthcoming season for Ireland’s top male players. After this week’s events, Sorensen and Niland, together with top juniors Sam Barry and John Morrissey, move on to Australia where all four will compete in the Australian Open in Melbourne which is scheduled to start on 18th January.

Niland and Sorensen will break from the ATP Tour in later February when they will lead the Irish team in Davis Cup action against Turkey (Fitzwilliam LTC from 5th – 7th March 2010). Victory in this event raises the very distinct possibility of hosting Great Britain in a second round Davis Cup tie in mid July.
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