BOLAND KEY HEALTH RESULTS

STRAND - Results of the Tennis South Africa and Boland Tennis Association national junior tennis tournament being played at Strand in Boland on Thursday.
FINAL SINGLES
Girls
Under 12
2-Zoe Kruger bt 3-Corin De Waal 6-1 6-0
Under 14
3-Wilanie Van Zyl bt 1-Zani Barnard 6-4 6-2
Under 16
5- Morgan Dickason bt Lize Moolman 6-1 6-3
Under 18
4-Janet Koch bt 3-Dane Joubert 6-1 6-1

Boys
Under 12
1-Lleyton Cronje bt 2-Philip Henning 6-0 7-6(6)
Under 14
1-Calvin Jordaan bt 2-Jandré Lessing 6-3 6-1
Under 16
7-Jan-Louis Maritz bt 2-Francois Kellerman 6-3 6-1
Under 18
8-Trent Botha bt 2-Jan Kleynhans 6-3 6-3

FINAL DOUBLES
Girls
Under 12
1-Kaylin Bouwer / Corin De Waal bt 2-Zoe Kruger / Carli Van Onselen 7-5 6-1
Under 14
1-Lee Barnard / Zani Barnard bt 2-Kirsty Orton / Wilanie Van Zyl 6-3 6-1
Under 16
4-Kelsey Joffe / Jamie Kronenberg bt 1-Robyn Bulmer / Rouxanne Van Rensburg Walkover
Under 18
2-Dane Joubert / Amy Olivier bt 1-Carieta Moolman / Mikayla Morkel-Brink 6-2 6-2

Boys
Under 12
1-Lleyton Cronje / Philip Henning bt 4-Charl Morgan / Sasha Muller 6-0 6-0
Under 14
1-George Botha bt Jandré Lessing bt 4-Timothy Dollman / Bradley Porteous 7-6 6-4
Under 16
1-Francois Kellerman / Okkie Kellerman bt 4-Brandon Laubser / Andreas Mentz 6-2 6-4
Under 18
Keegan Rooy / Keaton Saunders bt 1-Maxime De Clippel / Philip Franken 6-4 6-4


INTERNATIONAL OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED FOR DAVIS CUP

London - The International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced today (Friday) that experienced Referee, Hans-Juergen Ochs of Germany has been named as the Referee of next weekend’s Davis Cup Tie, South Africa vs Slovenia to be played at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Complex in Soweto, City of Joburg. Ochs will also act as the official ITF Representative of the Tie.

“It is a pleasure to have Hans-Juergen return to South Africa as Referee of our Tie” said Tennis South Africa chief executive officer, Ian Smith. “Hans-Juergen is one of the most experienced and respected tournament Referees in world tennis. He also is a tournament supervisor (was tournament supervisor of last year’s Soweto Open) and has umpired some of the greatest matches played so I am confident this all-important tie will be in good hands.”

As per the rulings of international tennis, the Referee and chair umpires officiating at any Davis Cup need to be neutral.

The two chair umpires for the tie have been confirmed as Toni Nimmons of the USA and Ahmed Abdel Azim of Egypt.

Nimmons is a veteran official who has worked all four Grand Slam tournaments and countless professional events. The American is as stern on the court as he is affable when walking the grounds of tournaments. It’s really the discipline necessary to be a good umpire: To have the ability to take the verbal abuse from world-class players – to bite your tongue when you’re right – to preserve a fair match that makes Tony one of the best in the sport.

Nimmons, the Officiating Officer of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) is making his first trip to South Africa. The black American has been invited by TSA to access our line umpires and see if some of our local officials can be considered for officiating work at the US Open later this year.

Ahmed Abdel Azim is no stranger to South Africa. The top Egyptian official has visited South Africa on several occasions and has worked at the ATP SA Tennis Open, Soweto Open and previous Davis Cup ties hosted by South Africa.

Meanwhile Tennis South Africa confirmed that the Davis Cup would go live with live scoring each day on the TSA official website www.satennis.co.za

The Davis Cup tie will be played from 6-8 April. Entry is free. On Friday 6 April after the opening ceremony at 09h30 there will be two singles rubbers. On Saturday 7 April the doubles rubber will be played at 12 noon with the reverse singles rubbers being played on Sunday 8 April from 10h00.

The draw for the tie will be conducted at the Apartheid Museum at 10h00 on Thursday 5 April. The draw is open to the public. Regular Museum entry fees are applicable.

About the ITF:
The ITF is the world governing body of tennis, responsible for the Rules of Tennis and maintaining the integrity of the sport. In addition to its administrative role, the ITF is the owner and international rights holder of the two largest annual international team competitions in sport, Davis Cup by BNP Paribas and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas. The ITF also organises the Olympic Tennis Event on behalf of the IOC. Through its Technical Department, the ITF closely monitors both equipment and technology, while its Officiating Department oversees the education and advancement of officials worldwide. The ITF organises over 900 weeks of men’s and women’s professional tournaments on the ITF Pro Circuit. Through its Tennis Development Department that oversees the development of tennis worldwide, the ITF manages the ITF Junior Circuit and Team Competitions for elite juniors as well as international tennis events and programmes for wheelchair and senior players. The ITF also manages the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme on behalf of the sport and is a partner in the Tennis Integrity Unit.

About Davis Cup:
Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the largest annual international team competition in sport with 123 nations entered in 2012. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas, the Official Bank of Davis Cup. International sponsors are HP (Official Technology Sponsor), Rolex (Official Timekeeper) Hugo Boss (Official Men’s Fashion Clothing Sponsor), Adecco (Official HR Sponsor) and NH Hoteles (Official Hotel). Wilson Sporting Goods (Official Ball) is an international partner. The 100th Davis Cup Final will take place on 16-18 November at the start of the ITF centenary celebrations in 2013. Follow all the action on www.daviscup.com.


DAVIS CUP CONFERENCE CALL WITH JEAN ANDERSEN AND RUAN ROLOEFSE

South African Davis Cup rookies Jean Andersen and Ruan Roloefse will be thrown into the deep-end - and they know it.
The team’s playing stocks have been severely hit by the absence of Kevin Anderson and Rik de Voest but Andersen and Roloefse will be braced for battle when South Africa host Slovenia over the Easter weekend in the all-important Euro/Africa Zone Group 1 tie to be held at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Complex in Soweto, City of Joburg.
“In terms of career achievement, this will be the highest point,” said Andersen, who arrives in South Africa from Belgium on Friday. “I’m extremely delighted to represent my country and I’m ready to go
“In the past, Ruan and I were around in the squad as practice partners, but now we will be playing.
“It’s a setback not having Kevin in the front line but the onus is on the rest of us to carry the can for the country.
“At this stage I don’t know too much of Slovenia’s team but I’ve seen one of their singles players in action, in Israel, recently.
“We’ll just have to wait and see which of our players will be picked for the doubles. Ruan and I have been playing doubles on occasions this year so we could form a doubles team.”

Roloefse had a childhood dream of representing South Africa at tennis. “As a junior I used to tell my coach Pietie Norval that I wanted to play Davis Cup for South Africa one day,” said Roloefse. “When I got the call from John-Laffnie (De Jager) I have to say it was the best news for me.
“This something I’ve wanted for some time.”
Slovenia’s onslaught will be led by the 107-world ranked Blaz Kavcic and Grega Zemlja, who is 23 places further down the rankings ladder. Janez Semrajc (668) and Nik Razborsek, who has yet to pick up a point, make up the four-man team.
Roelofse is Cape Town-based and over the past few days he has been working out with Izak van der Merwe in Stellenbosch.

Van der Merwe has been in the Davis Cup trenches before and will head up South Africa’s challenge, which if successful, could earn the team a place in the play-offs for World Group promotion.
“I have been chatting with Izak about Davis Cup and I’ve learnt quite a bit from him,” said Roloefse. “It is going to help me prepare adequately for Davis Cup and I’m working out regularly with Izak.”
Both Roloefse and Andersen have no qualms about playing at altitude. “As juniors we’ve often played in Johannesburg and last year we played the ATP there as well,” said Andersen. “We won’t struggle with the high altitude conditions.”
The other member of the four-man SA team which will be captained by De Jager is Raven Klaasen.
The group will go into camp on Sunday in Johannesburg.

There is no entry fee for spectators and on Friday 6 April, after the opening ceremony at 09h30 there will be two singles. Sunday 7 April the doubles rubber will be played at 12 noon and the reverse singles rubbers will start at 10h00 on Sunday 8 April.


SLOVENIAN TEAM NAMED TO BATTLE SOUTH AFRICA IN DAVIS CUP

Ljublijana, Slovenia – Slovenia have named their strongest side possible to do battle with South Africa over the Easter weekend in the all important Euro/Africa Zone Group 1 Davis Cup tie. The tie will be played at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre in Jabavu, Soweto on April 6, 7 and 8.

The team include two players ranked in the top 150 of world tennis namely Blaz Kavcic (107) and Grega Zemlja (130). The other two players named are low ranked relatively unknown players in Janez Semrajc (668) and Nik Razborsek who has no world ranking. Kavcic, the star Slovenian player was ranked as high as number 70 in the world six months ago.

Slovenia will be captained by Blaz Trupej.

“This Slovenian team named is a very competent team” said SA Davis Cup captain John-Laffnie de Jager. “With two player ranked in the top 130 of world tennis they certainly could be seen as favoured but two men don’t make up a team and as we have seen on so many occasions anything is possible at any time in Davis Cup competition. My boys are ready for the challenge and are quietly confident too.”

The two teams have never met in Davis Cup competition and in the latest Davis Cup ranking, South Africa are positioned at 24 whilst Slovenia are ranked 30.

The South African team announced two weeks ago will be without the countries top two ranked players Kevin Anderson and Rik De Voest who both made themselves unavailable for this tie. The South African team captained by John Laffnie De Jager is Izak Van Der Merwe, Raven Klaasen, Ruan Roelofse and Jean Andersen.

There is no entry charge for the tennis at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Complex and Tennis South Africa are hoping this will attract all tennis and sporting fans to the tie.

“Easter time is tennis time this year and we are not charging a entry fee which will hopefully attract a big crowd to Soweto to support our team do battle with Slovenia” said Ian Smith, chief executive of Tennis South Africa. “Davis Cup is one of the most exciting team sport events and the players participating in this tie are top class professionals so there promises to be some great tennis action over the three days.”

SOUTH AFRICA v SLOVENIA
Venue: Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre, Johannesburg, RSA (hard – outdoor)

South Africa
Izak van der Merwe
Raven Klaasen
Ruan Roelofse
Jean Andersen
Captain: John Laffnie de Jager

Slovenia
Blaz Kavcic
Grega Zemlja
Janez Semrajc
Nik Razborsek
Captain: Blaz Trupej


SOUTH AFRICA’S ILZE HATTINGH CROWNED QUEEN OF AFRICA!

• Hattingh and Hassam win double titles in Potchefstroom

Potchefstroom, South Africa – South African junior tennis star Ilze Hattingh is “on top of the world”. The Pretoria fifteen year old won a double at the African Junior Championships at the North West University in Potchefstroom today (Saturday). Hattingh seeded five, beat her good friend, doubles partner and roommate Madrie Le Roux also of South Africa 6-1 6-1 in the final. “it’s been an amazing week, the week of my life” said Hattingh after her victory. “I had a great night, woke up with confidence and played a great game and put Madrie under a lot of pressure today.”
In a match that lasted just 55 minutes, Hatting dominated from the start breaking Le Roux in the second game of the opening set. Hatting lost only two games en route to winning the most prestigious junior title on the continent. “This win has really opened doors for me. My world ranking will shoot up and I will be able to hopefully play in the junior Grand Slams and start making an impact on the junior world tour. I am still young and to make a start like this is great for my future.”
In their last meeting in Zimbabwe, Le Roux beat Hattingh but Hattingh won their earlier encounter at the Nike Junior Tour Masters in Stellenbosch. “We are such good friends. We’ve played each other a bunch of times and we’ve both beaten each other but this win was a real big one and I think I peaked at the right time” continued Hattingh.
Hattingh then teamed up with Le Roux to capture the doubles title. Seeded two, Hattingh and Le Roux toppled top seeds Lynn Kiro and Theresa Van Zyl both of South Africa, 6-4 6-4 in their final.
In the boys singles final, top seeded Karim Hossam of Egypt needed exactly an hour to stamp his authority as the best junior in Africa by beating second Wayne Montgomery of South Africa 6-3 6-2. World number 17 Hossam said his win was important as he holds the African Junior Championships as one of the most important tournaments in his schedule. “I love Africa and am always proud to play in Africa. Being the African junior champion is so very important to me” said Hossam.
Like Ilze Hattingh, Hossam also won a double title when he teamed up with fellow countryman Mahmoud Zazou to upset top seeds Wayne Mongomery and Matthew Rossouw 7-6(2) 7-5 in the best final of the tournament.
Team South Africa were named as the best under 18 junior tennis nation in Africa following the tournament by the Confederation of African Tennis (CAT) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF) due to their excellent results through the week of the African Junior Championships.
South African team coach, Pietie Norval said he and his fellow coach John Laffnie De Jager were proud of their team. “We had a great group of committed and dedicated juniors on our team. Each player played his and her own part in contributing to South Africa winning the team title. I am very proud today of the players and to be a South African.”


NWU-PUKKE/DUNLOP SERIES RESULTS

North West University, Potchefstroom - Results of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and Confederation of African Tennis (CAT) African junior Championships, an international junior tennis tournament, part of the world ITF Junior Tour, being played at the North West University, Potchefstroom Campus on Saturday.
FINAL SINGLES
Under 18
Girls
5-Ilze Hattingh (RSA) bt 4-Madrie Le Roux (RSA) 6-1 6-1

Boys
1-Karim Hossam (Egy) bt 2-Wayne Montgomery (RSA) 6-3 6-2

FINAL DOUBLES
Under 18
Girls
2-Ilze Hattingh (RSA) / Madrie Le Roux (RSA) bt 1-Lynn Kiro (RSA) / Theresa Van Zyl (RSA) 6-4 6-4

Boys
6-Karim Hossam (Egy) / Mahmoud Zazou (Egy) bt 1-Wayne Montgomery (RSA) / Matthew Rossouw (RSA) 7-6(2) 7-5


PROTEAS TO TEST THEIR SKILL AGAINST WORLD’S BEST

Johannesburg, South Africa - The SPAR South African netball team, who have set their sights on becoming one of the world’s top netball nations, are to get an opportunity to hone their skills against the three best teams in the world.

The Proteas have been invited to take part in a Quad Series in October, playing against world champions, Australia, second-ranked New Zealand and England, who finished third in the world championships in Singapore last year. Each team will play three matches in Australia and three in New Zealand.

“It’s a very exciting opportunity,” said Netball South Africa (NSA) President Mimi Mthethwa. “Since Singapore (where South Africa came fifth) the top teams have recognised that we can be very competitive. They understand that South Africa is on the way back to the top.”

She said it was very important for the team to keep playing against stronger teams as they prepared for their next big international encounter, the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014. “The Quad Series will give them an excellent platform for the road ahead,” she said. “It is important for them to play at a very high level on a sustained basis. Playing in this kind of tournament, against the best in the world, means the SPAR Proteas have opportunities to learn and grow. “We can’t keep on playing against Malawi and teams that are our equal or weaker. The only way to achieve our goal of being one of the top three is to keep playing the very best.”

Netball Australia CEO Kate Palmer said the format of the tournament, with three double-headers in Australia followed by three in New Zealand was a first for a tournament of this kind. “We’re thrilled to be co-hosting an international tournament that features four of the world’s top six Test nations,” said Palmer.

The Quad Series opens in Adelaide on October 14 and ends in Hamilton, New Zealand, on November 1. *Dates subject to change.


ADVANTAGE TENNIS SOUTH AFRICA

• Tennis serves an ace with the announcement of Tennis South Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa – As of immediate effect, The South African Tennis Association, a member of International Tennis Federation (ITF), an affiliate of SASCOC and the official controlling body of tennis in South Africa will be called; Tennis South Africa (TSA).

New logo of Tennis South Africa


This was announced by Wire Zondi, President of TSA in Johannesburg on Tuesday. “To conform to worldwide trends and after much discussion, deliberation and investigation, the TSA Board decided on the name change. We found we were continuously being referred to as Tennis South Africa both locally and internationally so it made sense for us to make the change,” said Zondi.
“A change is as good as a holiday. I am a new President, we have a new Board and with the new name we are ready to face the challenges and give the game of tennis new life in our country.”
With The South African Tennis Association (SATA) changing its name to Tennis South Africa (TSA), the call for a new logo went out to Berge Farrell design. This was negotiated by TSA board member Geoff Whyte, who was the former Group Marketing Director and Commercial Director of Cadburys, and who was named South Africa’s Marketing Person of the Year in 2008.
The winning identity gives flight to the nature of the sport; energetic, powerful and with great movement. The graphic language takes inspiration from the player, racquet and ball, all coming together symbiotically to represent a dynamic tennis serve.
The colour palette mirrors that of the South African flag and reinforces the fact that TSA stands proud as the governing body for tennis in this country.


ANDERSON AND DE VOEST UNAVAILABLE FOR DAVIS CUP TIE

Johannesburg, South Africa – South Africa will go into battle against Slovenia in their April Davis Cup Tie without their top two ranked players; Kevin Anderson and Rik de Voest.
John-Laffnie de Jager, South African Davis Cup Team Captain, confirmed that Kevin Anderson and Rik de Voest had both made contact with him over the weekend from the United States, to say that they will not be available to play in the Tie taking place from the 6th – 8th April at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Complex in Soweto.
The South African team is just one Davis Cup win away from playing for a place in the World Group of the Competition. All they will have to do is set aside a Slovenian team in a Euro/Africa Zone Group 1 encounter over the Easter weekend. South Africa (SA) had a bye in the first round and was drawn to play the winners of Slovenia and Denmark. Slovenia defeated Denmark 5-0 in Velenje, Slovenia on 10-12 February. While Slovenia did not have a well-known player on their team against Denmark, Grega Zemlja and Blaz Kavcic turned out to be a two-man demolition team. The pair are ranked at 111 and 112 respectively, although six months ago Kavcic was as high as 72.
A victory against Slovenia will put the SA Davis Cup team into the World Group Playoffs from September 14 to 16. South Africa have never played Slovenia before in a Davis Cup competition, but Slovenia have reached the Europe/Africa Zone Group I three times, in 1995, 2001 and 2011. Prior to 1993, Slovenian players competed for Yugoslavia.
The Slovenian team has not yet been announced, but should include Grega Zemlja, Blaz Kavcic, Aljaz Bedene and Janez Semrajc, who made up the team against Denmark.
The South African team announced to play against Slovenia consists of Izak van der Merwe, Ruan Roelofse, Jean Andersen and Raven Klaasen.
Unfortunately Fritz Wolmarans, who would have been selected for the SA side, has also made himself unavailable. Having just come out of injury Wolmarans declined to play in the Slovenian Tie so that he can work on his fallen ranking. “It’s unfortunate that Fritz can’t play, but I do understand his position and appreciate that he did not want to jeopardise the team having just recovered from injury” said de Jager.
De Jager expressed that it was disappointing that Anderson and de Voest were unavailable for the important tie, but was quietly confident that the team announced would put in their best efforts and make the country proud. “Obviously our chances against Slovenia with Kevin and Rik would be far greater, but let’s not take away from the boys that have been selected, remembering that Izak van der Merwe is a defending Soweto Open champion, and Raven Klaasen has just broken into the top 100 ranking in doubles. Also, Ruan Roelofse and Jean Anderson have been moving steadily up the ATP rankings; showing good form on the international circuit.”
Latest ATP World Rankings (as of Monday 19 March 2012)
Izak van der Merwe
Singles- 128; Doubles- 120
Ruan Roelofse
Singles- 377; Doubles- 312
Jean Andersen
Singles- 1004; Doubles- 426
Raven Klaasen
Singles- 271; Doubles- 98


SEEDS TUMBLE IN POTCHEFSTROOM INTERNATIONAL TENNIS EVENT

Potchefstroom, South Africa - Four seeded players tumbled out in round one of the second leg of the ITF Dunlop series hosted by the North West University Potchefstroom Campus.

Photo Caption: RobinStanek.jpg – Robin Stanek, fifth seed from the Czech Republic in action on day one of the ITF Dunlop series hosted by the North West University Potchefstroom Campus. Stanek beat Scott Clayton of Great Britain 6-4 6-2 in the first round on Monday.

Picture by: Mario van de Wall

Of the most notable seeds to fall was South African star, Wayne Montgomery a semi-finalist in last week’s tournament at the same venue. Montgomery, seeded 3 lost 6-7 6-3 5-7 to Cem Ilkel of Turkey in a match that lasted over 2 hours.

However the biggest upset of the day was recorded by American Austin Siegel who unseeded shocked second seed Hassan Ndayishimiye of Burundi 3-6 6-3 6-4. Siegel, a losing finalist last week now plays South African Vaughn Hunter in round two on Tuesday.

Joining Montgomery and Ndayishimiye on the side-lines were 8-Tendai Tapfuma (Zimbabwe). Tapfuma lost to Belgium’s Clement Geens 6-7 3-6.

In the girls singles top seed Zarah Razafimahatratra of Madagascar was an easy 6-3 6-2 winner over Lee Or of Israel. There were also first round wins for 5-Ipek Soylu of Turkey, 6-Karin Kennel of Switzerland.


VETERANS TENNIS ALIVE AND WELL IN THE EASTERN CAPE

Tennis is alive and well on the Border with administrators not knowing which way to turn.

The Tongaat Shield veterans’ competition for was held in Queenstown over the weekend of 10/11 March. It was open to veterans from all six district associations affiliated to the Border Tennis Association – Drakensberg, East London, King William’s Town, Koonap, North-Eastern Districts and Queenstown.

The biggest event on the Border calendar is the ITF Veterans’ Nationals to be played in East London from 17-21 March. Between 250 – 300 players are expected.

Then follows the new competition organised by Free State’s indefatigable Izak Buys – the Challenge between Free Sate and Border in Aliwal North on 14 April. This will be played on the same lines as the Cradock Challenge in which teams are chosen according to their total ages.

Following the Inter-provincial competition for the 60-75+ age group in North-West Province at the end of April, is the East Cape Open in East London on
1, 2 and 3 June.

Maude Thorne.


INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS DOMINATE IN POTCHEFSTROOM

Potchefstroom; South Africa - International players dominated the finals of the ITF (International Tennis Federation) international junior tennis event hosted by the University of North West in Potchefstroom today. The finals of the NWU-PUKKE/DUNLOP series completed Friday saw third seeded Stanek Robin of the Czech Republic and unseeded Russian Anastasiya Komardina taking the boys and girls titles respectively.

Robin beat American Austin Siegel 6-4 6-2 in the boys final whilst Komardina outplayed another American Johnnise Renaud 4-6 6-4 6-4 in the girls final. Both American losing finalists were unseeded.

Robin despite winning the final in straight sets gave credit to his hard fighting opponent. “I am real tired, the match was tough and not a reflection of the score. Austin played a real good game out there.”

Robin said that the heat in South Africa played a factor but that it effected both players on court so both were affected by the warm weather. “South Africa has great weather but it’s a real dry heat, something we not really used to. I am looking forward to playing here again next week and hopefully having mastered the conditions I can pull off a double” said Robin.

In the girls final, Anastasiya Komardina had a dream week, unseeded, reaching the final and winning the tile. But her three set win over Johnnise Renaud was a long hard encounter that took just over two hours.

“ I am feeling really great after the victory” said Komardina following her win. “The first set was a challenge but having played in a few ITF finals before I was able to hold my nerve and pull through. This has been a real tough tournament and nobody gives free points at this level. But being unseeded and winning a title is always good. I feel great going into next week here in Potchefstroom” continued Komardina.

The boys doubles title went to unseeded Karim Hossam (Egypt) and Cem Ilkel (Turkey). The girls doubles title was won by third seeds Kristyna Rouckova and Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic.

The second tournament of the ITF NWU-PUKKE/Dunlop series will take place at the same venue in Potchefstroom from Monday next week with the finals scheduled for Friday.


NWU-PUKKE/DUNLOP SERIES RESULTS

FINAL SINGLES
Under 18
Girls
Anastasiya Komardina (Rus) bt Johnnise Renaud (USA) 4-6 6-4 [6-4]

Boys
3-Stanek Robin (Cze) bt Austin Siegel (USA) 6-4 6-2

FINAL DOUBLES
Under 18
Girls
3-Kristyna Rouckova (Cze) / Katerina Siniakova (Cze) bt Ipek Soylu (Tur) / Barbora Stefkova (Cze) 6-0 3-6 12-10

Boys
Karim Hossam (Egy) / Cem ILkel (Tur) bt 4-Or Ram-Harel (Isr) / Igor Smilansky (Isr) 6-2 2-6 10


ANDERSON CAPTURES SECOND CAREER TITLE

 Anderson beats Matosevic for Delray Beach Crown
 Anderson climbs 6 places to equal his all time high world ranking

Delray Beach, U.S.A.- Seventh seed Kevin Anderson defeated qualifier Marinko Matosevic 6-4, 7-6(2) at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships Sunday to win his second career title.

Though Anderson was unable to capitalise on any of his eight break point opportunities in the second set, he took command of the tie-break to seal the win in one hour and 58 minutes. “Both of us were a little nervous at the start of match, so I had to find my rhythm,” said Anderson. “I think at the end, I felt I was mentally composed throughout [the tournament]. I didn’t let any patches of bad tennis affect my mindset [this week].”

Anderson improved to 2-1 in title matches, adding to his victory on home soil in Johannesburg (Somdev Devvarman, India) last year. The South African has a 10-4 record this season. “It feels fantastic. It’s my first one in the United States, which is great,” Anderson said. “I feel apart from South Africa, this is my new home. My wife Kelsey was here for the weekend.”

En route to the final Anderson beat former world number 1, Andy Roddick and current world number 11, John Isner who was the tournament ‘s top seed.

Louis Vosloo, Anderson’s South African Coach said that his charge was mentally strong throughout the tournament. “The win was very ‘lekker!’ Kevin was a tough nut to crack all week, a real mental giant.”

Matosevic was contesting his first ATP World Tour final. The 173rd-ranked Australian was bidding to become the second qualifier to finish in the winner’s circle in 2012, with Jarkko Nieminen achieving the feat at the Apia International Sydney in January. “My energy levels were pretty low,” said Matosevic. “I just couldn’t serve well today, but credit to Kevin. He was the better player today.

I’ve been training really hard. People have been telling me hard work pays off, and I guess in some small way, a little bit paid off this week. Before the week, if you told me that I’d make the final, I’d be the happiest guy in the world. Then when you get there and you play the match, I feel like I was just a few points from winning the match or turning the match, but I just couldn’t do it. It can only help me I guess.”

Anderson equalled his career best ranking after winning the title on Sunday, Anderson climbed 6 places to 30th in the latest world rankings released by the ATP today (Monday). He was previously ranked 30 in October 2011 and January this year.

The South African number one celebrated his victory with his new wife Kelsey and South African coach Louis Vosloo. The three enjoyed brownies and beer following his victory.


POTCHEFSTROOM TO HOST FEAST OF INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR TENNIS

Northwest University, Potchefstroom - The success of hosting two Davis Cup ties last year by North West University Potchefstroom Campus has inspired the South African Tennis Association to host three weeks of top class international tennis at the same venue.

The Dunlop International junior series will take place over two weeks with two tournaments catering for the under 18 boys and girls age groups in singles and doubles. The first tournament will be played from Monday 5 – Saturday 10 March 2012 and the second from Monday 12 – Saturday 17 March 2012. Both tournaments form part of the global International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior tour and are grade 2 events.

Riaan Venter whose Academy is based at the University where the events will be played, said the strength of players that have entered is of the highest standard. “Players from all over the world have started arriving in Potchefstroom and we have been pleasantly surprised at the quality of players who have entered. The players include some of the best juniors in the world and the strong entry will contribute to top class tennis being played over the two weeks” said Venter.

Following the Dunlop International junior series, will be the African Junior Championships at the same venue. The African Junior Championships is the continent’s premier junior tennis event and takes place from 19 – 24 March 2012. Each ITF affiliated African country is allowed a maximum of five (5) entries into this prestigious event, with players entered having to be ranked in the top 800. South Africa as host may have an additional four wild cards entries in both the boys and girls events. The country who’s players perform the best during the tournament will be named as the top under 18 African junior nation.

“Junior tennis forms the backbone of the SATA development programme” said Ian Smith, SATA CEO. “It’s important that South Africa play host to this string of international junior tennis as it provides our juniors with a great opportunity to participate at home and earn all important world ranking points. The future stars will be in action in Potchefstroom and I encourage tennis and sporting lovers to visit the tournaments and see the talent and terrific tennis on offer.”

Ian Smith continued by saying that North West University was a perfect venue for the three tournaments. “The University and Potchefstroom proved to be warm, friendly and ultra-capable hosts during our two previous Davis Cup Ties. So it was only fitting that SATA reward the North West with this feast of tennis in whom we have all confidence as hosts.”

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