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Ireland's James McGee falls just short of Australian Open qualification

The Castleknock native was beaten 7-6 3-6 6-3 by Australia’s Blake Mott.

James McGee (file pic).
James McGee (file pic).
Image: FREY

IRELAND’S JAMES MCGEE has fallen at the final hurdle in his bid to qualify for the Australian Open.

The Castleknock native was beaten 7-6 3-6 6-3 by Australia’s Blake Mott in Melbourne.

It was looking promising at one point for McGee, with the Dubliner 5-2 up in the first set, however Mott recovered well, winning a succession of games before prevailing in a tie-breaker.

The match then took another interesting turn, as McGee stepped up his game to take the second set 6-3.

However, it wasn’t to be for the Irish athlete — ranked 204 in the world — as Mott won the final set convincingly by 6-3.

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