Disappointment for Carr at Australian Open

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Mullingar’s Simon Carr lost his opening round match in the Australian Junior Tennis Open when he was defeated by Russian Alexey Zakharov in the early hours of last Sunday morning (Irish time).

Carr, who is 17, was playing in his first major Grand Slam event – the Boys Junior Open – in Melbourne and had been eagerly looking forward to the challenge but on the day he lost out on a score of 7-6, (7-4) 6-3 to his 16 year old opponent.

Carr, who has a ITF World junior ranking of 53 had beaten his Russian opponent, who has a ITF ranking of 64, a few months ago in a junior Grade 3 event in Tunisia, but last Sunday wasn’t Simon’s day.

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