Thursday, November 19, 2015

David O'Hare: the Irish Tiger

This afternoon I had the pleasure to speak with David O'Hare, a 25-year-old Irishman currently ranked #265 in the world in doubles (he has been trading off the #1 Irish doubles spot with Sam Barry). O'Hare, a tall (6'4") big-serving righty, spent four years as a University of Memphis Tiger, where he teamed with Joe Salisbury (GBR) to make up the best doubles pair in school history. (At one point in their senior season they were the #3-ranked team in the country.)

O'Hare has won 9 Futures doubles titles (6 with Salisbury, 2 with Barry and 1 with recently retired countryman James Cluskey). He and Salisbury today beat Dean O'Brien and Ruan Rolofse 6-3 7-6(1) to reach their second team Challenger semifinal of 2015 (O'Hare also reached one with Cluskey). The win provided some measure of revenge for O'Hare, who lost with Cluskey to the South Africans earlier this year in Davis Cup.

I talked with O'Hare about his tennis journey from Dublin to Memphis, his nascent pro career, the state of Irish tennis, and the unique sport of hurling.

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