Georgia Drummy was Ireland’s only representative at Wimbledon this year. The 18-year old Dubliner competed in the Junior Wimbledon Girls’ Doubles, making it all the way to the quarter-finals with American teammate, Alexa Noel.
Unfortunately after a gutsy performance, the Wimbledon dream came to an end after a 7-5, 7-5 defeat to the US pair of Caty McNally and Whitney Osuigwe, seeded second in the competition. Georgia and her partner had a few chances on break points in both sets, but were unable to make them count.
Georgia entered the doubles after losing to China’s Xinyu Wang, 6-3, 6-4, in the single event. The Irish and American duo convincingly beat Lenka Stara and Viktoriya Kanapatskaya in round one 6-3, 6-2 at the All England Club.
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In the next round of the competition, the duo were against the British pairing of Amelia Bissett and Morgan Cross. Again, Georgia and Alexa proved too strong for their counterparts as they progressed to the quarter-finals in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.
Despite the defeat in the quarter-finals, this should prove to be invaluable experience for Georgia who is currently ranked 39 in the junior world rankings. This will be her final year as a junior and is off to the USA to continue her development.
Three years ago, the left-handed teenager from Donnybrook became the youngest ever Irish player to qualify for a Junior Grand Slam at the age of 15-years old. This season has been a learning curve for Georgia as she made the singles semi-finals in the Belgian International Junior Championships last month and finished runner-up in the International Spring Championships in America.
In recent years, shortcomings in funding has hampered the development of professional tennis players in Ireland. The costs of travel, coaching, nutritionists, physiotherapists and more, has provided to be a barrier for talented athletes to turn professional. With the current skill level and talent shown by Georgia, there is every chance she can put Ireland back on the map in the world of Tennis.