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Entries Open for Leinster Grand Prix

22 September 2009

Entries Open for Leinster Grand Prix

The Leinster Branch of the ITTA are delighted to announce that entries are being accepted for the Leinster Grand Prix which takes place in ALSAA, Dublin on the 17th and 18th October, 2009. This is one of the premier tournaments on the Irish domestic calendar and is a Senior Ranking event. For the third year the traditional Leinster Open format has been replaced by a Grand Prix format. This means that players now have the opportunity to compete in up to 4 singles events (2 on each day). Most players will be eligible to play in their Open Singles competition, 2 banded events, and the Veterans/ Restricted or U21 Singles competitions. In particular, the Branch look forward to welcoming many juniors and league players, who generally don’t take part in ranking tournaments. The Branch are also hoping for an increase in female entries, and have organised 2 banded events for players outside the Top 10 and Top 20 of the Rankings as well as the Open Singles and Under 21 Events. As a Class 2 Ranking tournament, ranking points for this event will be multiplied by a factor of 1.25.

 Speaking at the launch of the event, Leinster Chairman Richard Butler stated;

 “The Grand Prix format was very successful over the last two years.  Players can play in up to four different events so they will get a chance to play lots of matches over the weekend and the entry fee represents excellent value."

 Players also eagerly look forward to the Grand Prix event. Last year’s Under 21 Womens Champion Sabina Devereux commented:

 “The Leinster GP, it was the best tournament run in Ireland last year. Everything was done on time in line or ahead of the schedule”

 For the Grand Prix Event, Tournament Referee will be Mick Strode who was recently Deputy Referee at the European Senior Championships:

 “I am delighted to be travelling to Dublin this season again to act as Referee at the excellently run Leinster Grand Prix event."

 Entry forms are available here. Please direct all queries to Con O’Ceadaigh at conibon@eircom.net

 

(pic: 2008 Mens Leinster GP Champion Peter Graham)

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