Sorensen books place in main draw


TENNIS: Ireland’s Louk Sorensen booked his place the main draw of a grand slam for the first time after progressing through qualifying for the Australian Open today.

The 25-year-old defeated New Zealand’s Daniel King-Turner 6-4 7-6 (7/3) in the third and final round.

Sorensen will be one of the lowest ranked players in the main draw, he is the world 287. He missed out on a possible showdown with world number five Andy Murray or former finalist Leyton Hewitt who were bought drawn to play a qualifier in the first round.

Instead Sorensen will face Yen-Hsun Lu of Taiwan, currently ranked 101, on Monday at 11am (midnight Irish time). 

Conor Niland did not join his countryman in the main draw after he failed to capitalise on winning the opening set against Brazil’s Ricardo Hocevar to lose 1-6 6-4 6-3.