A chance meeting at a French satellite tournament in 1980 between 2 touring pros started the process that brought the eyes of the tennis world to Dublin 3 years later. American born, but a very proud Cork man, Sean Sorensen was playing Yale graduate Matt Doyle in a semi-final. Doyle felt Sorensen’s heart wasn’t in the game. Sorensen told him he was playing for Ireland in the Kings Cup that week and that that’s what must have been on his mind.
The next time they met Doyle asked how the team got on. Sorensen told him Ireland lost but explained that it was pretty normal; “I’m the only professional”. “Well you know I’m Irish”, replied Doyle.