Winners and Runners-Up Trophies For Cooper Kirby in Iceland

Dean Cooper Kirby travelled to Iceland for his latest Tennis Europe tournament accompanied on this occasion by his Totally Tennis coach, Jordan Frederick. This was the first time that both Cooper Kirby and Frederick had visited Iceland and both were amazed by the extreme weather and lack of darkness.

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The Kópavogur Open 16 and under tournament was held at Tennishöllin in Kopavogi, home to the country’s only three indoor courts. After a bye in the first round, Cooper Kirby who was fourth seed, beat Jonathan Sund Nordahl from Denmark 6-3, 7-5 to find himself in the quarters up against seventh seed, a hard hitting Russian named Dmitrii Ivanov whom he defeated 6-2, 6-3.

In the semis, he faced top seed Maximilian Homberg but he was not deterred coming back from 5-4 down in the first set to win 7-5, 6-3 overall. This important win placed Cooper Kirby in his ever Tennis Europe final and he was up against second seed Nicolas Moser who was the stronger player winning the match and the title 7-5, 6-2 and Cooper Kirby took the very respectable runners-up position.

In the doubles, Cooper Kirby teamed up with Mark Owen Endler from Germany and they beat fellow Brit Cameron Timlin and his Danish partner Nordahl in the quarters 6-1, 6-4 and then defeated another Brit Zachary Cox and his partner Ivo Isqueiro from Portugal in a tougher semi-final encounter 7-6(5), 2-6, 10-5. In the final it was retribution time for Cooper Kirby who along with Endler beat the pairing of Homberg/Moser 7-5, 6-3 to win the event.

07F86D2C-5816-4242-B87A-8F168EE6A424Frederick said. ” Dean did well to reach both finals after defeating the number one seed in both cases. This tournament was a great learning curve and a very good result to be walking away with a doubles win and runner up in the singles. Great effort Dean!

Congratulations Dean!
Read more about Dean Cooper Kirby’s Tennis Europe and Florida training in previous posts here

World Tennis News:Victory for Murray in the Italian Open

It seems British number one Andy Murray is on a role winning two clay court titles in Europe in a matter of weeks, first in Munich and now in Rome. Murray celebrated his 29th birthday on Sunday by sealing his first clay court victory against World Number One Novak Djokovic at the Rome Masters (ATP Internazionali BNL d’Italia).

_89705546_murray_djokovic_epaMurray beat Djokovic 6-3, 6-3 in the Italian capital to claim his long awaited clay court victory against the Serb after five previous failed attempts. The victory also gave Murray his second Masters title on clay after he won the Munich Open earlier this month beating Philipp Kohlschreiber in the final 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 7-6 (7-4).The win in Rome also gave him his 33rd ATP title and only his second victory against Djokovic in thirteen matches since his Wimbledon victory back in 2013. It wasn’t all smooth sailing though as Djokovic argued with the umpire about the match continuing in wet conditions which he deemed unsafe due to risk of injury.

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On route to the final Murray didn’t drop a set easing past Mikhail Kukushkin in his first match 6-3, 6-3 followed by  Jeremy Chardy in round three 6-0, 6-4 and then he defeated Twelfth seed David Goffin 6-1, 7-5 in the quarters and Lucas Pouille 6-2, 6-1 in the semi-finals.

All eyes will now turn to the French capital for the second Grand Slam tournament of the year as Paris hosts The French Open at Roland Garros starting this Sunday (22nd May). Murray’s latest victory will see him return to the World Number Two spot ahead of the start of the tournament.

Information and first photo sourced from www.bbc.com/sport/tennis. Photo used courtesy of www.dailynews.lk