This is a unique award for the recognition of the “Outstanding Contribution to Irish Tennis” personality and was first presented in Carrickmines in 2009.
The award recognises the outstanding contribution made by members of the tennis community in making a material difference to the development of Irish tennis.
Joe on the right receiving the award from President, Pat Delany
with Tennis Director, Pat Crowe
Harry Barniville playing his trade mark backhand
2013: Jim McArdle – Jim was presented with this year’s award for the “Outstanding Contribution to Irish Tennis” at the Presidents lunch on the Open Week Finals Day.Jim has been a regular visitor to Carrickmines, winning the Men’s Open Singles four times spanning over three decades! He was a regular member of the Irish Davis Cup Team. In 1983, he played on the Irish team, the only time Ireland played in the World Group. Ireland narrowly lost to a John McEnroe inspired USA team before a packed audience at the RDS in what was the golden era for Irish tennis. After retiring from playing, Jim captained the Irish Davis Cup Team for seven years and also captained the team in the Seoul Olympics in 1988.
Jim on left receiving his award from President, Cathal Muckian
2014: Conor Niland – Conor was presented with the 2014 award for the “Outstanding contribution to Irish Tennis” at Open Week Finals Day Presidents lunch on 12th July.
Conor reached an ATP Ranking of 129! He won three Challenger Events in India, and both the Austrian and Israel Opens. He also qualified Wimbledon and the US Open where he lost to the eventual champion Novak Djokovic in the Arthur Ashe Stadium Court. He has played for 13 consecutive years on the Irish Davis Cup teams, as the leading player, from 2000 -2013.
His career was unfortunately cut short with hip injuries in 2013 but Conor remains active in tennis. He coaches at the National Tennis Centre in DCU and with some of the most promising juniors in Carrickmines.
Conor receiving the 2014 award from Club President, Cathal Muckian with Tennis Director,Pat Crowe and below pictured in action at Wimbledon in 2011