• Wayne Montomery ends his junior career with a sound win at home
Somerset West, South Africa - The South African junior tennis year ended on a high in Somerset West when the finals of the Boland Sportsman Warehouse Open came to an end this past week.
Top seed Wayne Montgomery (Boland) playing in his last tournament as a junior won the open title of the Boland Sportsman Warehouse Open in Somerset West last week when he beat second seed Kris Van Wyk of Western Province 6-2 6-3 in the final.
Top seed Jordan Sauer of Gauteng North won the Boys 14 title of the Boland Sportsman Warehouse Open in Somerset West last week when he beat third seed Christian van der Wath of Western Province 6-4 6-2 in the final.
Picture credit: Boland Tennis
After a gruelling year of tennis, over 400 junior players battled it out throughout Boland for title honours and for one player in particular, Wayne Montgomery, the tournament will always be remembered fondly as his last junior tennis outing.
Montgomery ended his junior career with a deserved 6-2 6-3 win over Kris van Wyk of Western Province in the Open final. The top seed was one of the best junior players our country has ever produced and rose to a junior world ranking high of number 6 earlier this year. Montgomery played in all the major junior tournaments around the world including the four junior Grand Slam events and was privileged enough to be selected as part of the ITF Grand Slam Development Fund touring team. But 2013 has been a challenge for Montgomery as he had to balance tennis with final year school work but managed that well and matriculated from Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch. Next year Montgomery will travel to the University of Georgia in Athens, USA to take up a NCAA Scholarship there. After College, Montgomery plans to turn professional.
The Girls Open was won by tournament favourite Katie Poluta of Cape Town who was a comfortable 6-4 6-1 winner over second seeded Bianca Birkenstock of Durban in her final.
In the 16 under age group, it was a clean sweep for the home province when Lance Pierre du Toit and Rouxanne Janse van Rensburg, both unseeded, lifted the titles. Du Toit upset second seed Timothy Dollman of Western Province in his final. Du Toit struggled to take the first set on the tie-breaker but then leading 3-0 in the second set, Dollman through in his towel and retired injured. Janse van Ransburg gave Boland their second title in the age group with a solid 6-4 6-3 win against Tayla van Eck of KwaZulu-Natal.
The 14 under titles went to top seeds Jordan Sauer of Gauteng North who beat third seeded Christian van der Wath of Western Province 6-4 6-2 and Corin de Waal of Boland who disposed of fifth seed Kaylin Bouwer of Eastern Province 6-2 6-3.
Joubert Klopper of Free State the reigning Nike Junior Tour Masters champion won the 12 under boys with Myah Petchey, youngest daughter of former British Davis Cup player Mark Petchey capturing the 12 under girl’s title.
Brett Summers representing the event sponsors said that Wilson were very thankful to be a sponsors of this prestigious and long standing tournament. “We will together with Sportsman Warehouse and Boland Tennis make sure the tournament continues to go from strength to strength.” Summers concluded by congratulating the winner and wishing them well in their future tennis careers.