Adelaide, Australia - The South African Under 17 tennis team has won the inaugural IC (International Club) Junior Challenge Worldwide Finals held in Adelaide, Australia, this past week.
The South African team, selected by the South African Tennis Association consisted of Matthew Roussouw (Gauteng North), Theo Ferreira (Free State), Ilze Hattingh (Gauteng North) and Lyn Kiro (Western Province). The team qualified for this tournament by winning the IC Africa Junior Challenge in September last year.
The other countries competing in the tournament were Australia, USA, India, Germany and Argentina, each representing their continent in the world finals. The South African team was the only team unbeaten during the Round Robin tournament, and emerged victorious after beating Germany in the final round.
“We are absolutely delighted with this result and are very proud of the team. They have shown great competitive spirit and upheld the IC values of good sportsmanship and camaraderie, while competing at an international level. I would also like to congratulate Lyn Kiro for winning the IC Sportsmanship Award at the event!” commented Leonie Grondel, chairperson of ICSA (International Club of South Africa).
The IC Junior Worldwide Finals are held every second year. The ICSA is one of 38 International Clubs worldwide whose aims and objectives are to foster friendship and sportsmanship in international tennis.
The final placings were as follows:
1.South Africa 2. Argentina 3 Germany 4.USA 5. India 6. Australia
South Africa’s results as follows:
Day 5 vs Germany won 5-1
Day 4 vs USA won 6-1
Day 3 vs Argentina won 5-1
Day 2 vs India won 5-1
Day 1 vs Australia won 5-1