TENNIS SOUTH AFRICA GIVE WAYNE MONTGOMERY BREAK OF HIS LIFE

24 April 2013
TENNIS SOUTH AFRICA GIVE WAYNE MONTGOMERY BREAK OF HIS LIFE

Johannesburg, South Africa - Tennis South Africa announced their wild card choice today for next week’s men’s Soweto Open.

Roelofse1.jpg – South African Ruan Roelofse in action at the 2011 Soweto Open.
Picture Credit: Reg Caldecott

IMG 6448.jpg – South African Wild card Jean Andersen.
Picture Credit: Reg Caldecott

Wayne Montgomery.jpg – South African Wayne Montgomery will be looking to make a mark in Soweto.
Picture Credit: Mario van De Waal


The Soweto Open, an ATP World Tour sanctioned Challenger event on the international tennis circuit boasts R1.5 Million Rand in prize money as well as a bagful of international world ranking points.

Tournament organizers, Tennis South Africa carefully selected their four wild cards which are given at the discretion of the national body.

The Wild Cards are;

Davis Cup players Ruan Roelofse and Jean Andersen, World Junior Number 8 ranked player Wayne Montgomery and the winner of 2012 SA Nationals (played at end of last year at Groenkloof in Pretoria) Tucker Vorster.

Tournament Director, Ian Smith who is also the CEO of Tennis South Africa said that it was a priority through the awarding of wild cards to give deserved opportunity to up and coming South African tennis players. “We have a strict policy at TSA to try and look after our rising stars. Ruan and Jean have proved over the recent years their capabilities and potential and demonstrated through their loyal availability to Davis Cup that they deserve their wild cards. Wayne has impressed on the world junior tour and hopefully this wild card will give Wayne the important break to earn world ranking senior points and springboard him onto the senior rankings and enable him to play senior events as a junior.”

Smith said that TSA had agreed to award the winner of the SA national Championships with a wild card into the Soweto Open and Pretoria based Tucker Vorster won the tournament late last year and earned that spot. “We are grateful to players participating in our National Championships and Tucker played a great tournament and as such deserves his wild card.”

The qualifying for the Soweto open will be played this weekend, Saturday and Sunday 27 and 28 April. Sign in for qualifying closes on Friday 26 April at 21h00 at the official tournament hotel, the Tsogo Sun Gold Reef City Theme Park Hotel. The qualifying is open for all tennis players over the age of 14 yrs. to sign in. priority will be given to internationally and nationally ranked players. Four qualifiers will earn a main draw spot.

The main draw of the Soweto Open starts Monday 29 April at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Complex with the finals scheduled for Saturday 4 May. Play starts at 10h00 each day and entry to the public is free.

For directions to the stadium go to www.satennis.co.za


TOUGH CHALLENGE FOR JUNIOR PROTEAS

Johannesburg, South Africa - The SPAR South African Under-21 netball team have a tough challenge in their opening match at the World Junior championships in Glasgow in August when they come up against defending champions Australia.

SPAR Protea Melissa Myburgh snatches the ball from U21 player Nobubele Phuza during a practice match played on Saturday 20 April 2013 in Potchefstroom.

Izette Lubbe (U21) aims to get past SPAR Proteas Karla Mostert and Nontle Gwavu to teammate Deancke Rohde.
Pictures by: Mario van de Wall


South Africa have been drawn in Group A, with Australia, Fiji, Israel and Namibia. New Zealand are the top seeds in Group B, which includes Trinidad and Tobago, Bermuda, Northern Ireland and Malta. Group C comprises of Jamaica, Wales, Samoa, Scotland and the Cayman Islands, and Group D is made up of England, Barbados, Singapore, Papua New Guinea and the Republic of Ireland.

“We’re in quite a difficult group,” said Under-21 coach Dorette Badenhorst. “Australia won the last junior championships and Fiji finished just behind us. We have to beat either one of them, or both, if we want to qualify for the Top Eight.”

Badenhorst said that while meeting Australia in their opening match would be difficult, she believed the Junior Proteas would be up to the challenge. “We are now training with the SPAR Proteas, and playing against the top players in the country will help the Under-21s get ready to meet Australia. We played the Proteas during our training camp in Potchefstroom last week, and while the Under 21s were a bit over-awed in the first two quarters, they came back strongly in the third and fourth quarters. “I definitely believe we have it in us to perform well.”

The coach said South Africa would not take victory over Israel and Namibia for granted.
“We will take every match very seriously, but we think Australia and Fiji will be the most difficult to overcome,” she said. “We are determined to get through to the Top Eight, after which we will play crossover matches against the England group.”

Badenhorst said the extension of SPAR’s sponsorship to the Under-21 team meant that the Junior Proteas would be better prepared for the world championships. “They will be able to have more training camps, and we will be working closely with the senior Proteas and getting the benefit of their experience. I’m confident that we are going to do better than our eighth position at the last junior world championships,” she said. The Junior Proteas will also be playing in a test series in May as preparations for their tour to Glasgow.


SOWETO OPEN SERVES UP A HOST OF OFFICIAL WINNERS

Johannesburg, South Africa - The upcoming Soweto Open, supported by the Department of Sport and Recreation will boast some of the world top tennis officials officiating at the two week international event.

The tournament, with a purse of R1.5 million prize money will be played at the Arthurs Ashe Tennis Complex in Jabavu, Soweto from Monday 29 April - Saturday 4 May (men) and Monday 6 to Saturday 11 May (women). There is no entrance fee and safe and secure parking is available. Play starts at 10h00 each day.

The ATP Tournament Supervisor for the men’s event has been named as the experienced German, Hans-Juergen Ochs, who has officiated in South Africa before and works at the highest level at all the Grand Slams and on the ATP World Tour.

In a boost for officiating in South Africa and Africa, Iain Smith of Tennis South Africa has been named Referee for both events as well as Supervisor for the women’s event. Smith is the highest qualified official on the continent.
Smith just returned from the ATP event in Casablanca, Morocco where Kevin Anderson reached the final. Smith also officiated at the Australian Open in January and last year’s Wimbledon Championships, Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Chief of Umpires for both events is Adrian Wilson of Great Britain. Wilson serves in the same role at the Wimbledon Championships.

The full officiating team is;

Soweto Men’s Open
Supervisor: Hans-Juergen Ochs (GER)
Referee: Iain Smith (RSA)
Chair Umpires: Eric Lamquet (BEL)
Tom Sweeney (AUS)
Ettore Russo (ITA)
Richard Haigh (GBR)
Tarik Safer (ALG)
Haitham Abdelhaleem (EGY)
Ghassen Azaiez (TUN)
Chief of Umpires: Adrian Wilson (GBR)
Ass. Chief of Umpires: Mpho Makhoba (RSA)

Soweto Women’s Open:
Supervisor/Referee: Iain Smith (RSA)
Chair Umpires: Tom Sweeney (AUS)
Hala Badr (EGY)
Adri du Plessis (RSA)
Pieter Hoeksma (RSA)
George Phiri (RSA)
Chief of Umpires: Adrian Wilson (GBR)
Ass. Chief of Umpires: Mpho Makhoba (RSA)


SOUTH AFRICAN FED CUP TEAM HAVE A WEEK OF MIXED FORTUNES

Ulcinj, Montenegro - The South African Fed Cup team breathed a sigh of relief Saturday when they beat Estonia 2-1 to remain in Euro Africa Group 2 for 2014.

Second seeded South Africa made up of Chanel Simmonds, Natalie Grandin, Madrie le Roux and Lyn Kiro made a slow start to the week losing to Lithuania and hosts Montenegro 1-2 in each Tie respectively. The losses against both nations placed the South African team into the relegation zone matches. On Thursday, South Africa beat Greece 2-1 to face Group A team Estonia for the final relegation match.
South Africa beat Estonia 2-1 to remain in Group 2 next year.

South African team captain, John Laffnie De Jager said “We very happy with the win today and that we stayed in group 2, but it was a disappointing week for us. We came here to qualify and move up to group 1 and we disappointed ourselves with our performances the 1st 2 days.”

De Jager said that everyone in the South African team except for Grandin would not be very happy with their performances the last week.

“It is always tough for our players to play on the clay because they have very little experience playing on it. The two youngster is the team Madrie Le Roux and Lynn Kiro really struggle on the clay. Madrie played well with Natalie in the doubles. The youngster will have to step up next year because I doubt at 33 years of age Natalie still wants to play singles. She was again very good and put her body on the line to play singles and doubles. She only plays doubles on the tour these days.”

De Jager said that the team missed African Junior Champion Ilze Hattingh who was forced to pull out of the team on the eve of the tournament due to a back injury. “Ilze was supposed to play at number 2. Last year at the age of 16 she only lost 1 match. Ilze was missed.”

So, South Africa will have to wait another year before they have another chance of moving up into the Euro Africa Group 2.

FINAL STANDING:

LATVIA (promoted GROUP I)
TUNISIA (promoted GROUP I)

Confirmed for Group II
LITHUANIA
MONTENEGRO
FINLAND
SOUTH AFRICA

GREECE (relegated GROUP III)
ESTONIA (relegated GROUP III)


NETBALL PAVES THE WAY FOR WOMEN’S SPORT

Johannesburg, South Africa - Sport and Recreation Director-General Alec Moemi has appealed to the private sector to invest in women’s sport in South Africa, and in netball in particular.

Alec Moemi addresses the media at the Southern Sun Hyde Park yesterday, during the announcement of SPAR’s renewal of their sponsorship of netball.
Pic by: Reg Caldecott


Speaking at the announcement that SPAR had extended its 10-year sponsorship of netball for another three years, Moemi described the grocery giant as a trailblazer in women’s sports.
“Netball is the biggest women’s sport and the second biggest sport overall in South Africa, and investment in netball is investment in South Africa.”

He said that the national sports plan that was developed in 2011 had agreed that the promotion of women’s sport needed to be prioritised as a means of breaking the cycle of poverty and of getting more women involved in physical activity. “One of the biggest challenges is access to sport, and netball has led the way,” he said. “Netball reaches into the most remote parts of South Africa and the success of the SPAR Proteas means that girls all over the country have outstanding role models to look up to.

“It is a shining example of what can be achieved. Netball embraced transformation as an imperative and has made great strides in this regard, having achieved greater transformation than many other sporting codes.”

Moemi said the professionalisation of netball was critical to the future of the sport. “At present, the SPAR Proteas are volunteers, who have to take leave to represent their country. Although they are amateurs, they have proved to be a force in international netball, and have out-performed some other sporting codes on the international stage. “If we are to achieve our aim of making South Africa the number one nation in netball, we need to ensure that the players get as much experience as possible.

To achieve this, the Department is developing a professional netball league, involving 10 clubs spread across South Africa. The government is looking for sponsors for the clubs, who will then employ the players. This will mean that top netball players, like other professional sportsmen, will be able to devote their time to their sport instead of worrying about putting food on the table, and a professional league would mean the top players get regular game time at a very high level,” said Moemi.

He said negotiations for sponsors were going well, and he was confident the professional league would be in operation before the end of the year.


MONTJANE, GRIFFIOEN REMATCH ON THE CARDS AT ACSA SA OPEN

Johannesburg, South Africa - Evans Maripa crashed out of the Men’s Singles, but Lucas Sithole will fly the flag for South Africa in the Quads quarterfinals, while compatriot KG Montjane is relishing another go at Dutch player Jiske Griffioen in the Women’s Singles semi-finals in the ACSA SA Open at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Thursday.

sithole24.jpg: Lucas Sithole the top ranked South African and 4th seed in action against Steven Kekai (RSA) in the quads 2nd round during day 2 of the
Airports Company South Africa SA Open, a part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, being played at the Ellis Park Tennis Complex in Johannesburg. Sithole won 6-1 6-1.
Photo by Reg Caldecott

buis26.jpg: Marjolein Buis the second seed from the Netherlands in action against Mabel Mankgele (RSA) in the women’s quarterfinals during day 2 of the
Airports Company South Africa SA Open, a part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, being played at the Ellis Park Tennis Complex in Johannesburg. Sithole won 6-1 6-1.
Photo by Reg Caldecott

South Africa’s number one Montjane battled and made a slow start in the opening games of her quarter-final match against Katharina Kruger from Germany on Wednesday. At 4-all, the 26-year-old took control to win the next two games and wrapped up the first set 6-4. She completely dominated the second set, breaking the German players’ serve twice to win 6-4 6-1.

Montjane went head-to-head with Griffioen in the ACSA Gauteng Open final on Sunday, but the tournament favourite and first seed folded under the South African’s strong all-round game.

Montjane lifted the title in straight sets and now has her sights trained on this week’s final in the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour Super Series event.

“I was so disappointed when I lost to Marjolien Buis in last year’s semi-final,” the world number seven said. “I’m more experienced now, though, and I believe I have the game to back a title chase this year.

“This week is a bit different. The ACSA Gauteng Open was a Grade I event, but this one is a Super Series tournament and there are a lot more world ranking points riding on this one.

“I’ll have to get past Jiske again to make the final, so you can bet I’m going to go all out. I expect Jiske to come at me with everything she’s got, but I took a lot of confidence from the victory on Sunday and ready for her.”

First seed Griffioen is also savouring a re-match with Montjane.

“I had a bye on Tuesday, but had a really good match against Mariska Venter,” said Griffioen, who knocked out the 16-year-old South African in straight sets 6-0 6-0.

KG is a tough competitor and I am expecting another tough battle between us. I feel a lot stronger this week, though, and I’m confident that I can produce the kind of game to beat her this week.”

Second seed Buis, a finalist last year, dispatched Mabel Mankgele from South Africa 6-0 6-0. The Dutch player is looking forward to her semi-final clash against third seed Lucy Shuker from Britain, who beat local player Thando Hlatswayo 6-0 6-0.

“I think both the semi-final matches are going to be quite tough, because we are all capable of beating each other,” said Buis. “Actually, I’m the smallest player in the top 10 group, but I’m mentally very tough. That’s how I reached the world number four spot. My goal this week is simple; I’m here to win.”

In the Quads Singles, world number seven and fourth seed Sithole hopes to extend his winning run against his quarterfinal opponent, Antony Cotterill from Great Britain.

“Antony and I have met five times and I’ve won each time,” a confident Sithole said courtside after defeating countryman Steven Kekai in straight sets 6-1 6-0.

“I never take anything for granted, but that knowledge does give me some confidence going into the match. Antony is a good opponent; he will test me and I look forward to a tough, challenging match with a positive result for me.”

In the other Quads Singles, world number one and first seed David Wagner got past fellow American Marc McLean 6-2 6-1, second seed Andy Lapthorne knocked out Queen Nhlapo from South Africa in 6-0 6-0, while third seed Jamie Burdekin from Great Britain retired injured and left the door open for unseeded Indian Harry Prabhu to join the other seven seeds in the last eight.

In the Men’s Singles, Maripa fought bravely but the South African number one was just not up to the challenge against former world number one and fifth seed Frenchman, Michael Jeremiasz.

In the first set, the world number 26 fought back from 2-5 down in the first set, but the Frenchman’s experienced proved too much for the 23-year-old Limpopo player.

“It was such a great experience, playing against Michael,” said Maripa, who lost 6-4 6-2. “I’m disappointed and elated. I managed to comeback and I won six games against a former world number one. He was just so much more experienced than me, but I learned a lot from the match. I’m going to throw all my energy into the doubles now.”

Maripa put his words into action when he partnered Frenchman Nicolas Peifer to a 6-2 7-5 victory over Gustavo Fernandez and Yoshinobu Fujimoto to reach the Men’s Doubles Semi-Finals.

All the other seeds advanced to the Men’s Singles Quarterfinals, including newly crowned ACSA Gauteng Men’s Singles champion Shingo Kunieda from Japan, who defeated South Africa’s Patrick Selepe 6-0 6-0.

Kunieda’s closest challenger, Stephane Houdet from France, joined the action at Ellis Park this week and made quick work of his second round match against local player Frank Ramokoatsi, winning in straight sets 6-0 6-0.

Ends

sithole24.jpg & sithole29a.jpg: Lucas Sithole the top ranked South African and 4th seed in action against Steven Kekai (RSA) in the quads 2nd round during day 2 of the
Airports Company South Africa SA Open, a part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, being played at the Ellis Park Tennis Complex in Johannesburg. Sithole won 6-1 6-1.
Photo by Reg Caldecott

buis26.jpg: Marjolein Buis the second seed from the Netherlands in action against Mabel Mankgele (RSA) in the women’s quarterfinals during day 2 of the
Airports Company South Africa SA Open, a part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, being played at the Ellis Park Tennis Complex in Johannesburg. Sithole won 6-1 6-1.
Photo by Reg Caldecott


TOUGH TEST AHEAD FOR MONTJANE, MARIPA AT ACSA SA OPEN

Johannesburg, South Africa - South Africa’s top singles players KG Montjane and Evans Maripa cleared the first hurdle at the ACSA SA Open and will join all the top seeds in Wednesday’s second round of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour Super Series event at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.
World number seven Montjane beat world number three and first seed Jiske Griffioen to wrap up her second successive ACSA Gauteng Open title two days ago and was in formidable form today (Tuesday) against compatriot Rose van der Meer. The fourth seed beat Van der Meer in straight sets 6-1 6-0 and needed just 53 minutes to wrap up her victory. Her second round challenger, though, needed significantly longer.
Montjane watched with interest as Katharina Kruger from Germany quickly went 3-0 up on Christine Schoenn in the first set, but then had to fight for survival when the French player fought back to level the set. The German world number 11 battled on to take the first set 6-4 and claimed the match with a 6-3 victory in the second after an hour and 31 minutes on centre court.
“You can see why Katharina is such a tough opponent,” Montjane said. “She is such a fighter; she never gives up and you can never assume that you have beaten her until you’ve taken match point.
“She used to beat me all the time when I first started playing international events, but since I broke into the top 10 in the world, the roles have reversed. I’m definitely not over-confident, because on the day, anything can happen. My main focus will be to put her under pressure and to win the match with my service game and returns.”

The Dutch women’s singles top seed Griffioen and second seed Marjolein Buis both enjoyed a first round bye, while British third seed Lucy Shuker defeated Dipuo Molefe 6-0 6-0.
Buis will go up against Mabel Mankgele, Shuker will face Thando Thlatswayo, while Griffioen will play SA top junior Mariska Venter on Wednesday. The 16-year-old Venter is ranked fourth on the world junior rankings and was one of just four top junior girls in the world invited to compete in the Cruyff Foundation Junior Masters in France in January.

Meanwhile Maripa will also count on good serving in his second round clash with world number nine, Michael Jeremiasz. The SA number one defeated compatriot Arrie Opperman 6-0 6-0, while Jeremiasz took out South Africa’s Gift Lekhanyane with the same result. Maripa said he is preparing for a huge battle.
“It was good for me to win in straight sets without dropping a game in the first round, but I know exactly what I lies ahead,” Maripa said. “I will have to bring my A-game against Jeremiasz. “I can’t look at him and get hung up on the fact that he is ranked inside the top 10 in the world or that he made the semi-final last week. “I need to see him as just another guy I’m playing. “I have to focus on my own game. I am playing well and if I am serving well and returning well, I have a good chance of beating him.”

Newly crowned ACSA Gauteng Open champion Shingo Kunieda from Japan, second seed Frenchman Stephane Houdet and fourth seed Gordon Reid from Great Britain were among the other top seeds who advanced without dropping a game in each of their respective opening round matches.

Third seed Gustavo Fernandez from Argentina, who lost to Kunieda in the ACSA Gauteng Open final, dropped three games against South Africa’s Nyasha Mharakurwa on his way to a 6-2 6-1 win.

Ends

Attached pictures:
maripa11: Top ranked South African Evans Maripa with fans from St Peter’s
School in Johannesburg who attended the wheelchair tennis during day 1 of
the Airports Company South Africa SA Open, a part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis
Tour, being played at the Ellis Park Tennis Complex in Johannesburg.
Photo by Reg Caldecott
maripa19e: Evans Maripa the top ranked South African in action against
Arrie Opperman (RSA) in the men’s first round during day 1 of the Airports
Company South Africa SA Open, a part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour,
being played at the Ellis Park Tennis Complex in Johannesburg. Maripa won
6-0 6-0.
Photo by Reg Caldecott
montjane18: Kgothatso Montjane the 4th seed from South Africa in action
against Rose van der Meer (RSA) in the women’s first round during day 1 of
the Airports Company South Africa SA Open, a part of the NEC Wheelchair

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MARIPA, SITHOLE CLEAR FIRST HURDLE AT AIRPORTS COMPANY SOUTH AFRICAN GAUTENG OPEN

The country’s top wheelchair tennis aces, Evans Maripa and Lucas Sithole, showed no effects of a two hour weather delay as both players cruised through their first round clashes at the Airports Company South Africa Gauteng Open in Benoni on Tuesday.

Singo Kuneida the top seed from Japan in action against Frank Ramokoatsi (RSA) on the first day of the Airports Company South Africa Gauteng wheelchair tennis open being played at the Gauteng East Tennis Complex in Benoni. Kuneida won 6-2 6-1.
Picture by Reg Caldecott

Evans Maripa the highest ranked South African men’s player in action against Xolelani Nyadeni (RSA) on the first day of the Airports Company South Africa Gauteng wheelchair tennis open being played at the Gauteng East Tennis Complex in Benoni. Maripa won 6-0 6-0.
Picture by Reg Caldecott


The South African Paralympians both claimed straight set victories at the Gauteng East Tennis Centre, where the World NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour event is being played this week.
SA number one Maripa beat countryman Xolelani Nyandeni 6-0 6-0 in the Mens Singles division, while Quads defending champion Sithole achieved the same result against countryman Nkosi Nkosanye.
Nyandeni offered very little resistance and Maripa believes his opponent might have felt a little intimidated, something he will guard against when he goes up against world number one, Shingo Kunieda of Japan, on Thursday.
“It was a pretty easy match, but that is because Xolelani is still an up-and-coming player,” Maripa said. “I think he felt a little out of his depth, a little intimidated because I came at him hard.
“I needed to work on my attacking game and my aggression with the match against Shingo coming up, but I think I might have intimidated him out of the match. It happens when you face a player with so more experience. It’s something I will need to watch against Shingo on Thursday.”
Last year Maripa reached the semi-final, but was knocked out by the eventual champion, Ben Weeks from Australia. The world number 26 would love to go all the way to the final, but he has come up against Kuneida before and knows to expect a tough match, especially after the world number one also enjoyed an easy 6-2 6-1 victory against South Africa’s Frank Ramokaotsi.
“I haven’t played against Shingo in a tournament yet, but when I competed in a couple of events in Australia in January, we practiced together for three days,” the 23-year-old Limpopo player explained.
“He is not the world number one for nothing; I did pretty well against him in practice, but it will be a different story when we meet on court. He moves really well and covers the court well. I need to play my own game and match him shot for shot if I hope to advance.”
Meanwhile world number seven Sithole could meet world number one David Wagner in the final if he can stay the course and Sithole has a little extra motivation to get there. The American derailed Sithole’s Paralympic dream when he knocked him out in the top 16 stage in London last year and the KwaZulu-Natal player would love nothing more than to turn the tables on Wagner at home.
“I always play well in front of the home crowd,” Sithole said. “If I can get past Andrew Lapthorne (Great Britain), I am going to count on the fans to spur me on in the final.
“I should have another good practice round against my countryman Bongani Dlamini in round two on Thursday, before I meet Andrew in the third round. I like to take as much as possible out of each match to prepare me for the next one. That is the best way to prepare for the semi-final and final, where the matches are long and tough.”
Meanwhile Wagner enjoyed a bye alongside the Women’s Singles division seeds and will join the action at the Gauteng East Tennis Centre on Thursday.
World number seven KJ Montjane warmed up for her title defence by spending three hours on the practice court, fine tuning a few aspects of her game. “You have to stay in it, keep your game sharp,” the SA number one said. “I would love to defend my title, but I never look too far ahead.
“I’m playing Siphokazi Fuma in my first match and it should be a good one. She is a tough competitor and the match will definitely help sharpen my game.”
In the other Mens Singles matches, the top seeds also disposed of the lower ranking South Africans in straight sets.
Second seed Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina defeated Gift Lekhanyane 6-1 6-0, third seed Gordon Reid from Great Britain knocked out Malcolm Anderson 6-0 6-1, fourth seed Michael Jeremiasz from France beat Thsepo Makwela and fifth seeded Frenchmen Nicolas Peifer downed Geoffrey Letsoalo 6-0 6-1.


PRIZE MONEY BOOST FOR SOWETO OPEN

Johannesburg, South Africa - The Soweto Open received a welcome boost today when Tennis South Africa announced it had increased the tournaments overall prize money from R1 million to R1.5 million.
The additional half a million Rand was negotiated between tournament hosts Tennis South Africa and partner Sport and Recreation South Africa.

Ian Smith, CEO of Tennis South Africa and Tournament Director said that it was important to increase the prize money in order to attract a better field of players for the event. “Our tournament date falls directly in the middle of the European clay court season and with the Soweto Open being played on hard courts, players are reluctant to switch not only surfaces but also hemispheres when planning their schedule. The additional prize money will allow us to attract a better entry which is always important for a tournament. The better the players that enter the stronger the competition and overall interest in the event.”

The Soweto Open will be played over two weeks with the ATP sanctioned men’s event being played from 29 April to 4 May 2013. The women’s event, sanctioned by the ITF and WTA will be played from 6 to 11 May 2013.

Both tournaments will be played at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Complex in Jabavu, Soweto, in the City of Joburg.

Entry is free, safe and secure parking is available.


POLAND NAME BEST POSSIBLE TEAM TO FACE SOUTH AFRICA IN DAVIS CUP

Poland have announced their best possible team to face South Africa this weekend in their crucial Europe/Africa Zone Group 1 Round 2 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Tie.

The tie to be played from 5-7 April will be staged at the Centrum Rekreacyjno-Sportowe in Zielona Góra in Poland. The tie will be played on hard court indoors.

Poland’s non-playing captain Radosław Szymanik nominated Poland’s four best possible players for their home tie. They are;

  • Jerzy Janowicz (Singles 1)
  • Łukasz Kubot (Singles 2)
  • Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski (Doubles)

Szymanik confirmed this morning (Tuesday) that all of his team were healthy and both his top 100 ranked singles had already arrived in Poland Tuesday last week to prepare for the tie. Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski had only arrived back home yesterday (Monday) after losing in the final of the ATP Sony Open Masters in Miami over the weekend. The Polish doubles team are one of the world’s best combinations and are ironically coached by South African Davis Cup Captain, John Laffnie De Jager on the ATP Tour.

The South African team jetted into the Polish capital Warsaw on Easter Sunday then took 6 hours to travel the 400km by road to Zielona Góra. Team Captain John Laffnie De Jager confirmed that the team had arrived “safely but were tired and cold with all the snow but in good spirits ready for the week ahead.”

South Africa will be without their top player Kevin Anderson who made himself unavailable for the tie and the injured Izak Van Der Merwe.

The teams announced are;

Poland
Jerzy Janowicz (singles 24; doubles 131)
Lukasz Kubot (singles 91; doubles 23)
Marcin Matkowski (doubles 19)
Mariusz Fyrstenberg (doubles 18)

Captain: Radoslaw Szymanik

South Africa
Rik De Voest (singles 227; doubles 131)
Raven Klaasen (doubles 55)
Ruan Roelofse (singles 514; doubles 117)
Jean Andersen (singles 757; doubles 202)

Captain: John Laffnie de Jager

The tie will be shown live on Supersport as follows;

Friday 5th April: 17:00 local SA Time (14:00 GMT) SS6
Saturday 6th April: 15:00 local SA Time (12:00 GMT) SS6
Sunday 7th April: 13:00 local SA Time (10:00 GMT) SS2


SEEDS ANNOUNCED FOR THE AIRPORTS COMPANY SOUTH AFRICA GAUTENG OPEN

Johannesburg, South Africa - The seeds for the Airports Company South Africa Gauteng Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour were announced today. The tournament, a Grade 1 event, will be staged in Benoni at the Gauteng East Tennis Complex from tomorrow Wednesday 3 April with the finals scheduled for Sunday 7 April. Play is scheduled to start at 09h00 each day but subject to change. There is no entrance fee and safe and secure parking is available.

The Seeds are as follows;

MEN

1 Shingo Kunieda JPN (1 World Ranking)
2 Gustavo Fernandez ARG (4)
3 Gordon Reid GBR (7)
4 Michael Jeremiasz FRA (9)
5 Nicolas Peifer FRA (10)
6 Frederic Cattaneo FRA (14)
7 Miki Takuya JPN (21)
8 Yoshinobu Fujimoto JPN (25)

WOMEN

1 Jiske Griffioen NL (3 World Ranking)
2 Lucy Shuker GBR (5)
3 Kgothatso Montjane RSA (7)
4 Katharina Kruger GER (11)

QUADS

1 David Wagner USA(1 World Ranking)
2 Andrew Lapthorne GBR (3)
3 Lucas Sithole RSA (7)
4 Sarah Hunter CA (12)

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