Zach Murphy - Ranked Number 1 in the Irish National Junior Rankings at U16 Singles!

Zach Murphy, Carrick-On-Suir’s Top Ranked Irish Junior Player!

The members of Castleview Lawn Tennis Club and the people of Carrick-On-Suir are extremely proud of Zach’s achievements over the last few years. In the National Junior Rankings, Zach has been ranked in singles as Irish Number 1 at U12 and U14 and he is currently ranked at number 1 at U16. He is also ranked at Number 23 at U18 level having played just 4 x tournaments playing well below his age group. To compete on the National and European stage is truly an extraordinary achievement.

The achievement is even more special when you consider that Carrick-On-Suir is a small town located in the South East and competing in Grade 1 Tournaments and accessing top-level coaching involves a lot of time and loads of traveling up and down to Dublin and around Ireland and abroad to tournaments.

Dublin-based players have a considerable advantage in terms of easily accessing indoor tennis courts, proximity of grade 1 tournaments and attending the National Academy in Dublin City University.

Well done to Zach and family, we congratulate you on your success so far and wish you all the very best for 2020 and in the years to come!

The Committee

Castleview Lawn Tennis Club

Zach’s Story So Far!

Zach started playing tennis at Castleview Lawn Tennis Club at the age of 9 and was quickly invited to train with the Munster regional squad in Waterford. Soon after that Zach was invited to train with the Tennis Ireland National Academy in DCU in Dublin with all the best junior players in Ireland where he currently trains.

Zach has won many titles in his short career so far both nationally and internationally. Zach has won 7 x National Singles Titles as well as numerous Grade 1 Tournament Titles around Ireland. He has also won many National Titles in both boys and mixed doubles including winning both events at the National Fitzwilliam Championships of Ireland at both Under 12 and Under 14.

Zach has also been runner up in these championships in the under 12 and under 14 boys’ singles events. Zach has been ranked the Number 1 Player in Ireland at both Under 12 and Under 14 in boys’ singles and in boys and mixed doubles.

Zach has been a member of the Tennis Europe Tour for the past five years where he has performed at a very high level against some of the best players in Europe in his age group. Some of his achievements include winning the prestigious Top 10/12 event in Bressuire in France in April 2016. Zach was runner up in the Sanchez/Casal cup in Barcelona in 2015. He has also been runner up in the under 12 Ten Pro Event in Brussels.

In 2017 Zach travelled to Grendingen in the Netherlands to participate in the Dutch bowl. Zach achieved a runner up result in the under 13  boys’ singles and won the under 14 boys’ singles event. Zach has also achieved numerous other quarter and semi-final appearances in European events and reached two boys doubles finals in Iceland and Poland.

In 2019 Zach took part in three International Tennis Federation (ITF) under 18 events where he had great success. In June Zach won the grade 5 under 18 doubles in Belfast and was also a runner up in the grade 4 under 18 boys doubles in Dublin where he played with recent Australian Open participant Ammar Elamin.

Zach also made the step up to senior tennis in 2019 taking part in three Senior men’s singles and men’s doubles events in Castleview, Hillview and Kilkenny tennis clubs. Zach won all three senior singles events as well as the men’s doubles in Castleview and Kilkenny.

List of Achievements

•  Member of Munster and National teams.
•  Zach has been selected to represent the Munster Interprovincial Under 14 team on 3 x occasions and once while he was still an Under 12 player. In     2016 Munster finished runners up to Leinster and in 2017 and 2018 they won this prestigious event becoming the first ever Munster team to do so.
•  In September 2016 Zach was selected to represent the Irish Under 12 team in the Tri-nations in Cardiff. Ireland finished runners up to Wales.
•  In July 2017 Zach represented his country in the European under 14 championships which were held in Prague. In this event only the top two players from each nation are selected and Zach participated in both singles and doubles where he performed very well.
•  In February 2018 Zach was selected as part of the Irish Under 14 team that travelled to Germany for the Tennis Europe winter cup. They played 3 x ties in this event winning against Luxembourg and losing two closely fought affairs against Great Britain and the Netherlands.
•  In July 2018 Zach was once again selected to represent his country in the European under 14 championships which were held in Prague. Zach would reach the 3rd round in the boy’s singles.

•  In September 2018 Zach was selected to represent the Irish under 14 team in the Four Nations in Belfast. They beat Scotland, England and Wales to win the title.

•  In April 2019 participated in an Exhibition match at Castleview LTC Open Day which was attended by over 150 visitors, Tennis Ireland President Clifford Carroll and now President of Tennis Ireland Shane Cooke.

Personal Achievements

Zach has received the Annerville Tipperary Sports Star award on two occasions in 2017 and again in 2018.

Current Ranking

As of January 2020 Zach is currently ranked at Number 1 in the Under 16 Tennis Ireland National Junior Rankings (16-2019) having played 7 x tournaments.  Zach is also ranked at number 23 in Ireland in the U18 National Junior Rankings having only played 4 x tournaments at this level. Check out Zach’s latest ranking here.