SEEDS & WILDCARDS ANNOUNCED FOR GAUTENG NORTH ITF JUNIOR INTERNATIONAL TENNIS TOURNAMENT

• South Africans dominate seeding’s
Johannesburg, South Africa - The seeds for next week’s Gauteng North Junior ITF international junior tennis tournament were announced by Tennis South Africa (TSA) today (Friday).
The tournament, a Grade 4 event on the international junior tennis calendar will be played at Groenkloof Tennis Stadium, Pretoria from Monday 28 July with the finals being played on Friday 1 August.
The qualifying tournament will be from Saturday 26 to Sunday 27 July.
The seeds are as follows;
Boys
1. Brandon Laubser (RSA)
2. Francois Kellerman (RSA)
3. Kris Van Wyk (RSA)
4. Jd Malan (RSA)
5. Calvin Jordaan (RSA)
6. Okkie Kellerman (RSA)
7. Hubert Badenhorst (RSA)
8. Damon Kesaris (RSA)

Girls
1. Katie Poluta (RSA)
2. Nadine De Villiers (RSA)
3. Huibre-Mare Botes (RSA)
4. Sarah Sarjoo (RSA)
5. Louise-Mare Botes (RSA)
6. Lindsay Truscott (RSA)
7. Vanja Klaric (Srb)
8. Minette VAN Vreden (RSA)

The main draw wild-cards have been announced by TSA as follows;
Boys

  1. Joshua Howard-Tripp (RSA)
  2. Sipho Montsi (RSA)
  3. Jordan Sauer (RSA)
  4. Juan Louis van Antwerpen (RSA)

Girls
1. Lesshika Vala (RSA)
2. Margo Landmann (RSA)
3. Lesedi Jacobs (Nam)
4. Mila Hartig (RSA)


CLEAN SWEEP FOR SOUTH AFRICAN TENNIS JUNIORS

• Kris Van Wyk and Lee Barnard capture double titles at The Wanderers Junior ITF
• Van Wyk and Barnard both win second international titles

Johannesburg, South Africa - South African junior tennis players enjoyed a good week at The Wanderers Junior ITF tournament in Johannesburg.

from left: Fourth seed Kris Van Wyk of Western Province and fifth seed Lee Barnard of Gauteng North were crowned the 2014 winners of the Wanderers Junior ITF in the boys and girls singles at the Wanderers Junior ITF on Friday.
Picture by: BLD Communications.


In a clean sweep of titles for the host nation, Kris Van Wyk of Western Province and Lee Barnard Gauteng North were victorious in the singles on Friday.

In the boy’s singles Van Wyk, seeded four enjoyed a brilliant week considering that he had to qualify for the tournament. In the final Van Wyk beat unseeded Philip Franken of Boland 6-4 6-3. Van Wyk’s serve and volley tactics were on song in the final as he powered his way to victory with an aggressive game plan.

Van Wyk and Franken are good friends off court and have regular partnership. “I know Philip real well and I knew that to have the best chance against him I had to come into the net especially on the backhand side and keep it low on the backhand until I had a chance to complete the point” said Van Wyk following victory.

There were complications with Van Wyk’s entry into the tournament which resulted in the 17 year old having to go through the tenuous qualifying rounds. After successfully qualifying, Van Wyk was given a seeding due to his world ranking and then went onto win the title. Its Van Wyk’s second international title after winning his first in Stellenbosch last year.

In the girl’s singles, Lee Barnard seeded five beat unseeded Minette Van Vreden of Boland 6-2 6-2 in a relatively one-sided final. Good pace by Barnard put pressure on Van Vreden throughout the 74 minute final which forced Van Vreden into a string of unforced errors throughout the match. Good serving by Barnard also put added pressure on Van Vreden who was never allowed by Barnard to get properly into the match. Barnard dropped only one set en route to taking the tile and that was in the semifinals on Thursday when she came from set down to beat her twin sister Zani 4-6 6-4 6-2.

Like Van Wyk, this is Barnard’s second international title after winning her debut title in Namibia earlier this year.

“I am very happy to have won today” said Barnard. “I played well today and felt good on court, was real focused and motivated. This is my second international title and I really hope there are many more.”

Van Wyk teamed up with compatriot Brandon Laubser to win the doubles title. The top seeds beat third seeded twin brothers, Francois and Okkie kellerman of South Africa 7-5 5-7 10-5.

In the girl’s doubles final, a battle between two sets of twins sisters, the Barnards beat the Botes of Free State. Third seeds Lee and Zani Barnard upset second seeds Huibre-Mare and Louise-Mare Botes 6-2 6-2.


SOUTH AFRICA WELL REPRESENTED IN JUNIOR CHALLENGE WORLDWIDE FINALS

Johannesburg, South Africa - Defending champions, South Africa will be well represented at the International Club under 16 Junior Challenge Worldwide finals in London next week.

(Back from left to right) Jan-Louis Maritz, Leonie Grondel (Chairperson International Club South Africa), Richard Thongoana, (middle) Terrey Schweitzer (coach), (front from left to right) Zani Barnard and Lee Barnard.

Picture by: International Club South Africa.


The International Lawn Tennis Club of Great Britain (IC of GB) will host the IC U16 Junior Challenge Worldwide Finals on the Championship courts at The All England Lawn Tennis Club (Wimbledon) this month.

The Challenge, played every two years, will be played from 28th July – 1st August 2014.

The International Club of South Africa hosted a 16 and Under regional play-off against Mauritius, Zimbabwe and Botswana last year in October. The winning South African team comprising of twins Lee and Zani Barnard (Gauteng North), Jan-Louis Maritz (Boland) and Richard Thongoana (Gauteng Central) will be departing for London tomorrow (Friday) to represent the continent in the finals. Terry Schweitzer of Gauteng East will coach and captain the side.

Joining South Africa at Wimbledon are the other regional qualifiers USA, Argentina, Italy and Japan and hosts Great Britain.

Open to all 40 International Club’s (IC’s) around the world, the U16 Junior Challenge is the IC Council’s premier junior event. The 2014 worldwide finals are proudly sponsored by Compass Group.

The tournament will comprise of a round-robin format over a five day period, concluding on Friday 1st August. Each IC team will be represented by two U16 boys and two U16 girls, plus an adult captain/coach. Matches will feature two boys’ singles, two girls’ singles, one boys’ doubles and one girls’ doubles. Final positions will be determined by the number of tie wins.

The referee for the event is Clare Wood, former professional player and assistant referee at The Championships, Wimbledon.

Terrey Schweitzer, the South African Coach said her players were really excited to play in the event. “As it will be my players first opportunity to compete on grass at Wimbledon you can only imagine the excitement in the team. Added to this the exposure in playing against other top National players is such an opportunity. Playing at Wimbledon is a goal and a dream for each one of my players.”

Gavin Crookes, President of Tennis South Africa (TSA) said that TSA were grateful for the International Club for arranging the event. “This is such a great initiative and opportunity for juniors worldwide. It awards our up and coming juniors from South Africa the opportunity to play at the “home of tennis”, which is bound to be an awesome experience. On behalf of all of our members and citizens we wish the South African team all the very best.”


SOUTH AFRICAN PLAYERS DOMINATE INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR TOURNAMENT

Johannesburg, South Africa - In a major boost for junior and development tennis in South Africa, local players are dominating the ITF Wanderers International Junior tournament being played in Johannesburg.

Fourth seed Kris Van Wyk of Western Province in action at the Wanderers Junior ITF on Thursday. Van Wyk beat fellow South African and top seed Brandon Laubser 2-6 7-5 7-5 in the semi-finals of the Wanderers Junior ITF being played at the Wanderers Sports Club in Johannesburg on Tuesday. Van Wyk will face unseeded fellow South African Philip Franken in the finals on Friday.

Fifth seed Lee Barnard of Gauteng North in action at the Wanderers Junior ITF on Thursday. Barnard beat twin sister and sixth seed Zani Barnard 4-6 6-4 6-2 in the semi-finals on Thursday. Barnard will now face unseeded Minette Van Vreden of South Africa in the finals on Friday. The tournament is being played at the Wanderers Sports Club in Johannesburg.

Unseeded Minette Van Vreden of Boland in action at the Wanderers Junior ITF being played at the Wanderers Sports Club in Johannesburg on Thursday. Van Vreden upset fellow South African and eighth seed Louise-Mare Botes 7-6 (8) 6-3 in the semi-finals on Thursday. Van Vreden will now face fifth seed and fellow South African Zani Barnard in the finals on Friday.

Philip Franken of South Africa in action at the Wanderers Junior ITF on Thursday. Franken upset fellow South African and fifth seed Jd Malan 4-6 6-2 6-4 in the semi-finals on Thursday. Franken will now face fourth seed Kris Van Wyk in the finals of Friday.

Picture by: BLD Communications


In todays (Thursdays) semi-finals, all eight players in the boys and girls singles were from South Africa.

In the boys singles, fourth seed Kris Van Wyk of Western Province continued his fine run by upsetting top seed Brandon Laubser of Gauteng East 2-6 7-5 7-5 to book his place in Friday’s final. In the 2 hour 33 minute Centre court battle, Van Wyk came back from 2-6 3-0 down to level sets against Laubser. Again in the final set Van Wyk found himself 0-3 down against the tournament favorite but fought back to win the set and match.
This will be the third international final Van Wyk will contest. Last year Van Wyk reached his first final in Namibia and won the SAS ITF Junior event in Stellenbosch.

“That’s was a real tough match” admitted Van Wyk. “I was in all sorts of trouble, down in both the second and third sets against a player I really respect. I just played tougher and more aggressive which made the difference” said Van Wyk following victory.

Van Wyk will meet unseeded Philip Franken from Boland for title honors on Friday.

Franken won through to his first international final with a 4-6 6-2 6-4 win over fifth seed Jd Malan of Western Province.

“It’s been a great week for me” said Franken. “I have recently changed coaches and although I lost the opening set, I put more focus on my first serve, raised my first serve percentage and made more balls in the points which I thing rattled Jd and gave me the edge.”

In the girls singles, fifteen year old twins Lee and Zani Barnard of Gauteng North met in the semi-finals. Both sisters have played each other numerous times over their young careers with the honors going both ways. But at The Wanderers Club today (Thursday) it was the turn of fifth seeded Lee Barnard who beat sixth seeded Zani Barnard 4-6 6-4 6-2.

In the final on Friday, Lee Barnard will face unseeded Minette Van Vreden of Boland. Van Vreden upset eighth seed Louise-Mare Botes of Free State , 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 in her semi-final.

New Tennis South Africa (TSA) board member, Petros Abraham said that the domination of South African players at the Wanderers was a good indication that TSA were on the right course. “We at TSA pride ourselves with our junior and development programs and the mere fact that the semi-finals and finals were an all South African affair indicates that TSA are on the right track and the future development of our players bears good hope” said Abraham.

The finals will be played from 08h30 at The Wanderers Sporting Club in Illovo, Johannesburg on Friday.


NETBALLERS TRAVEL TO CAPE TOWN FOR PREMIER EVENT

Pretoria, South Africa – Scores of netballers from around South Africa will gather at the Bellville Velodrome in Cape Town from August 11 for the annual SPAR National Championships.
Teams will be drawn from Netball South Africa’s (NSA) 47 affiliated districts, with the tournament divided into three divisions.
NSA President Mimi Mthethwa says the annual championships remain the premier event on the South African netball calendar, despite the success of the Brutal Fruit Netball Cup played in Pretoria earlier this year.
“The SPAR National Championships and the Brutal Fruit Netball Cup serve different purposes,” said Mthethwa.
“The Brutal Fruit Netball Cup is aimed at the elite players, whereas the National Championships have an important developmental role,” she said, “The SPAR National Championships give players at all levels the chance to play the game they love and to experience the enjoyment of being part of a group of women committed to their sport. Competition is just as fierce in the B and C divisions as it is in the A division, and the players love being able to test their ability against their peers.
“This will be a particularly important year for us as South Africa celebrates 20 years of democracy, and the championships, as always, will be played during women’s month,” Mthethwa continued.
“Women’s sports have come a long way in the past 20 years, and support for women’s sports is growing all the time. Young girls can now dream of being given the recognition and support granted to men’s sports and of the possibility of making a career out of their sport.”
Mangaung Metro (formerly Free State) are defending champions, having won the national title for the first time in more than 50 years when they came from behind to beat Gauteng North 39-36 in the final in Rustenburg last year. With the Free State Crinums winning the Brutal Fruit Netball Cup in June, the Free State team will be favorites to win again, but they can expect stiff competition from all teams in the A Section.
The SPAR National Netball Championships start on August 11 and the final will be played on August 16.


STRIDING INTO NEW YORK FOR NEXT MONTH’S US OPEN WILL BE A MAN ALMOST BIGGER THAN THE BIG APPLE: A SO

BY MICHAEL VLISMAS (Destiny Man)
He’s a man who is learning to play guitar and loves his TV. And at 6 foot, 8 inches tall, Kevin Anderson isn’t done growing– professionally that is.

PICTURE BY: GETTY IMAGES


Anderson is currently in the best form of his career, which has seen him move deeper through Grand Slam draws than ever before.
He recently became the first South African male singles player to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon in 14 years. But more significantly, he’s reached the fourth round of five of his last seven Grand Slams.
This kind of form has lifted him to a career high of number 17 in the world, and he’s fast becoming the player the world’s best are keen to avoid. Now Anderson’s looking to the US Open as another opportunity to increase his competitiveness at the highest level of the game.
“My biggest goal is to keep improving. I feel there is still room for growth in my game and I believe I can continue to climb up the rankings and win more tournaments.
“I want to be in the mix with those competing to win Grand Slams. That is what ultimately drives me and keeps me working hard to achieve those goals,” he says.
Born in Johannesburg, Anderson literally grew up with a racket in his hand. “Tennis was played by both of my parents. My dad introduced my brother and I to tennis. He coached us from the time we started playing. I played a few other sports growing up, but everything was secondary to tennis. I enjoyed playing cricket and swimming but gave them up at the age of 10. I continued to do some track and cross country in primary school as this was beneficial to tennis.”
Under the guidance of his father Michael, Anderson developed a strong baseline game that he still draws on today.
While always a strong believer in his own ability, it was only in 2008 that Anderson first realised he could compete with the best on the ATP Tour.
“I would say the most misunderstood aspect of the tour is just how many good tennis players there are. Players ranked around 100 in the world are phenomenally good tennis players, and it has taken a lifetime of hard work and sacrifice to get there. And there are around another couple [of] hundred all with their eyes set on reaching that Top 100 mark.
“But the first time I saw that I could beat some of the best players in the world was when I made the finals of an ATP tournament in Las Vegas in 2008. I came through the qualifying and beat several players whom I had watched playing on the tour for some time.”
Anderson made it through to the final before losing to American Sam Querrey.
But his belief in his potential has grown, especially amidst what is currently his best year on the circuit.
Yet it is a tragedy to South African tennis, which suffers from a lack of financial support, that Anderson is likely to be lost to these shores. He is currently applying for US citizenship. His wife Kelsey is American, and the reality is that Anderson’s tennis future will be far better served in the US than in South Africa.
But for the time being at least, South Africans can revel in a player who appears poised for another breakthrough.
How Anderson trains and what he eats
“I have a team who travel with me to all the tournaments. I have my wife Kelsey, a coach and a physio with me. Training days vary a lot depending on what time of year it is. In the off season I will be on the court for around three hours a day, plus another one-and-a-half doing physical work either in the gym or movement on the court, and then another hour or so spent on treatment. During tournaments this is cut down quite a bit, but the treatment time remains the same.
“I was brought up eating very healthy foods so I have a good idea of what to include in my diet and what to exclude. Processed foods and sugars are the biggest foods to avoid. Lots of fresh fruit and vegetables are great. I eat a lot of seafood too.”


CHANI SCHEEPERS STUMBLES AT THE FINAL HURDLE

Bastas, Sweden - Unseeded South African Chani Scheepers failed to capture her second WTA Tour title on Sunday when she lost in the final of the Swedish Open being played in Bastad.

Unseeded finalists, Mona Barthel (Germany) and Chani Scheepers (South Africa) ahead of the final of the WTA Swedish Open played in Bastad, Sweden on Sunday. Barthel beat Scheepers 6-3 7-6 (7-3) to win her third WTA title.

Picture by: WTA Tour


Mona Barthel of Germany also unseeded beat Scheepers 6-3 7-6 (7-3) in the final.
After losing the opening set, Scheepers broke serve in the second game of the second set and raced to a 5-3 lead. But Barthel broke back and fought hard to level at 5-5 and then broke serve win the set, match and third WTA championship title.
This was Scheeper’s second WTA final, having been victorious in Guangzhou in 2011.
Scheepers following her loss gave credit to Barthel. “Mona played a great match today. I didn’t start out too well but worked my way into the match. I think I was a little unlucky to not have taken it to 3 sets and then who knows, but I’m still very happy with my results and how I played this week” said Scheepers.
Scheepers now moves onto the hard courts from the clay and will play the WTA events in Montreal and Cincinnati prior to the last Grand Slam of 2014, The US Open in New York.


CHANI SCHEEPERS CONFIDENT GOING INTO SWEDISH OPEN FINAL

Bastas, Sweden - South Africa’s top ranked women’s tennis player, Chani Scheepers is confident ahead of tomorrow (Sunday’s) final of the WTA Swedish Open in Bastad.

Chani Scheepers (South Africa) in action at the semi-finals of the WTA Swedish Open in Bastad on Saturday.

Picture by: WTA Tour


The unseeded South African beat another unseeded player, Jana Cepelova of Slovakia, 7-5 6-2 in the semi-final on Saturday to book her place in the final.

Today was a tough match. We started out going back and forth, and as we’d never played each other I didn’t really know her game,” Scheepers said. “We were trying to figure each other out, but I was happy with the way I ended the first set and the second set.”

Scheepers previous final was the Chinese WTA Guangzhou Open in 2011 which she won for her first WTA Tour title.

I’m really happy to be in my second WTA final. I’ve had some tough matches along the way but I competed hard and it feels great to have gotten through them” said Scheepers.

On Sunday in the final Scheepers will meet unseeded German, Mona Barthel . The two have played each other three times in the past with Scheepers 2-1 up head to head.
Their Last meeting was in the second round of the WTA Hobart event in Australia in 2013 which Barthel won.

The final will be tough against Barthel. I’ve played her a few times already and we’ve always had close matches, but I’ll just go into the final and try to play like I have in every match this week” said Scheepers.


SEEDS & WILDCARDS ANNOUNCED FOR WANDERERS ITF JUNIOR INTERNATIONAL TENNIS TOURNAMENT

Johannesburg, South Africa - The seeds and wild-cards for next week’s Wanderers ITF international junior tennis tournament were announced by Tennis South Africa (TSA) today (Friday).

Brandon Laubser of South Africa was named top seed in the boys of the Wanderers ITF.

Nicole Dzenga of Zimbabwe was named top seed in the girls of the Wanderers ITF.

Pictures by: BLD Communications


The tournament, a Grade 4 event on the international junior tennis calendar will be played at The Wanderers Sporting Club in Illovo, Johannesburg from Monday 21 July with the finals being played on Friday 25 July.
The qualifying tournament will be from Saturday 19 to Sunday 20 July.
The seeds are as follows;
BOYS
1. Brandon Laubser (RSA)
2. Courtney Lock (Zim)
3. Francois Kellerman (RSA)
4. Jd Malan (RSA)
5. Gueninle Ouattara (CIV)
6. Chisomo Lumeta (Maw)
7. Calvin Jordaan (RSA)
8. Innocent Tidimane (Bot)
GIRLS
1. Nicole Dzenga (Zim)
2. Katie Poluta (RSA)
3. Nadine de Villiers (RSA)
4. Huibre-Mare Botes (RSA)
5. Lee Barnard (RSA)
6. Zani Barnard (RSA)
7. Sarah Sarjoo (RSA)
8. Louise-Mare Botes (RSA)

Meanwhile the main draw wild-cards have been announced by TSA as follows;
BOYS
1. Bertus Kruger (RSA)
2. Michael Copeland (RSA)
3. Richard Thongoana (RSA)
4. Lance-Pierre du Toit (RSA)
GIRLS
1. Taylor van Eck (RSA)
2. Imaan Hassim (RSA)
3. Ciney Bekker (RSA)
4. Mila Hartig (RSA)


COMMONWEALTH GAMES - NETBALL SCHEDULE

COMMONWEALTH GAMES - NETBALL SCHEDULE
Date Competition Teams Broadcast time SuperSport Channel
Friday 25th July 2014 Pool Stage South Africa vs Trinidad & Tobago 15:45 - 17:30 SuperSport HD4 - 214
Saturday 26th July 2014 Pool Stage South Africa vs Barbados 15:50 - 17:50 SuperSport HD4 - 214
Sunday 27th July 2014 Pool Stage South Africa vs England 17:50 - 19:50 SuperSport HD5 - 215
Tuesday 29th July 2014 Pool Stage South Africa vs Wales 18:00 - 19:30 SuperSport HD4 - 214
Wednesday 30th July 2014 Pool Stage South Africa vs Australia 10:20 - 12:00 SuperSport HD7 - 217


MAJOR JUNIOR TENNIS EVENT ANNOUNCED BY TENNIS SOUTH AFRICA

• The best of the best junior tennis players to do battle in Manguang

Johannesburg, South Africa - Following the international announcement in March this year by footwear and apparel manufacturer Nike that they have discontinued the global Nike junior Tour, Tennis South Africa (TSA) have announced a replacement event.

The new tournament to be called the TSA Junior Masters will reward the best of the best local juniors in the age-groups 12 & under, 14 & under, 16 & under and 18 & under with an opportunity to battle in an 8 knock out draw event, while the concept of a Masters is the same as the ATP and WTA Tours, the format for 2014 will be slightly different.

TSA are still in negotiations in securing a sponsor for this prestigious event. However should a sponsor not be found in time for the event, TSA will cover the costs of the tournament.

Gavin Crookes, President of TSA said that a tournament of this nature was crucially important for the development of tennis in South Africa. “We realised that the popularity and the success of the former Nike Junior Tour Masters was considerable and played a major role in the stimulation of our top junior players which in turn assisted in the promotion and development of the game in the junior age-groups. With the news that Nike were discontinuing with the Nike Junior Tour, TSA decided to replace the long standing tournament (since 1998 for under 12 and 14 age groups) with a TSA Masters based on the same principle but to go one better and include all age-groups in the annual competition.”

The TSA Masters will be played on 9 & 10 October 2014 at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein immediately after the completion of the Free State KeyHealth Super 7 Series event.

There will be 16 players boys and girls that will qualify for the singles only tournament in each of the age groups. The 8 players will qualify in the 12&U, 14&U, 16&U and 18&U as per the age groups combined ranking list which will be used to identify/select the top 8 players. The ranking list as produced after the finals of the Free State Keyhealth event will be used to finalise the top 8.

The TSA Masters will count towards the National Ranking.

The 12&U and 14&U Singles winners will each receive a R5,000 Travel Allowance with the 16&U and 18&U Singles winners each receiving a R10,000 Travel Allowance.

Crookes also confirmed that over and above the TSA Masters event (on court), TSA will be looking at ways to capitalise on the opportunity of having the top 8 players in each respective age group together in terms of compulsory discussion seminars intended for the players, coaches and parents.

“The on court tennis action is important but whilst we have the cream of junior tennis in Manguang as well as their coaches and parents, TSA will take the opportunity to do all-important off court information seminars whereby TSA will bring in experts to discuss and debate topics that will assist the junior players in the growth and development as they aspire to become top professional players” said Crookes.


GAUTENG TO HOST INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR TENNIS TOURNAMENTS

Johannesburg, South Africa - A feast of international junior tennis will be served in Gauteng when Johannesburg and Pretoria host two International Tennis Federation (ITF) tennis tournaments from Saturday.

The first of the back to back tournaments, The Wanderers ITF will start on Saturday 19th July with the finals scheduled for Friday 25th July and will be played at The Wanderers Tennis Club in Illovo, Johannesburg. The second, the Gauteng North Junior ITF will be played from 26th July to 1st August at the Groenkloof Tennis Stadium in Pretoria. Both tournaments are Grade 4 events on the International Tennis Federation’s Junior Circuit.

Junior tennis players from 35 countries are expected to jet into South Africa to participate in these two tournaments.

Gavin Crookes, President of Tennis South Africa (TSA) said that his Association warmly welcomed the international and local players to the country for both events. “A lot of preparation has gone into making both tournaments a great success and enjoyable experience for especially our international players. TSA are delighted with the large international representation. This indicates that the internationals are happy with our facilities and South Africa remains an attractive destination.”

Both tournaments will host a qualifying tournament with the singles main draw for both boys and girls being a 32 draw and the doubles main draw a 16 team draw.

Qualifying sign in for The Wanderers ITF will take place on Friday 18th July at The Wanderers Tennis Club with the qualifying sign in for the Gauteng North Junior ITF taking place Friday 25th July at the Groenkloof Tennis Stadium. Both qualifying sign in’s open from 16h00 and close at 18h00 on their respective dates.

There is no entry fee for spectators and play is scheduled to start each day at 10h00.


STRONG SOUTH AFRICAN REPRESENTATION AT THE MYLAN WORLD TEAMTENNIS

USA - This week the 39th season of the Mylan World TeamTennis (Mylan WTT) kicks off in the United States of America.

The Mylan WTT was the brain child of legendary tennis ace, Billie Jean King who co-founded the professional team tennis competition in the 1970’s based on a concept of gender equity showcasing the best in professional team tennis competition. Mylan WTT offers unique access to the sport and some of the greatest champions have played in the competition over the past four decades.

Seven franchises make up the Mylan WTT competition namely the Austin Aces, Boston Lobsters, Philadelphia Freedoms, San Diego Aviators, Springfield Lasers, Texas Wild and Washington Kastles.

South Africa is well represented in the 2014 competition.

Rik de Voest (Boston Lobsters), Raven Klaasen (San Diego Aviators), Kevin Anderson (Washington Kastles), John-Laffnie de Jager (Springfield Lasers, coach) and Brent Haygarth (Texas Wild, coach ).

South African Davis Cup Captain, John-Laffnie De Jager was named Mylan WTT coach of the year for the 2013 season.

Each of the teams will play 14 matches – seven home, seven away between 6 July and concludes with the Mylan WTT Finals on Sunday, July 27.

Former South African Fed Cup player, Ilana Kloss who is the CEO/Commissioner of Mylan WTT said that it was great that South Africa was well represented in the competition. “Being a South African always gives me great joy to see top South African professional sign each year for the competition. Over the years, South African’s have made an impressive mark on Mylan WTT and contributed largely to the overall success of the competition.”

Kloss confirmed that top ranked players of present and past including John Isner, Marion Bartoli, Andy Roddick, Vera Zvonareva, Victoria Azarenka, Martina Hingis, Venus Williams and James Blake would be part of this seasons competition.


JUNIOR SOUTH AFRICAN TENNIS STARS TO REPRESENT SOUTH AFRICA IN ITALY

Johannesburg, South Africa – Tennis South Africa has announced the South African junior tennis team to represent South Africa at the Under 12 The Nations Cup/Lampo Trophy 2014 to be held in Brescia Italy.
The tournament will take place from the 14 - 20 July 2014.

The following players have been selected;

Boys
Khololwam Montsi (GN)
Damien Nezar (SWD)

Girls
Lara van der Merwe (NW)
Ntokozo Zungu (GC)

The team will be coached by Bridget Visee of Cape Town.


TOP SOUTH AFRICAN JUNIOR TENNIS PLAYERS DO BATTLE IN JOHANNESBURG

• Seeds released for Dunlop Classic
• Tennis Fever hits the City of Gold
• Dunlop continues its support for tennis development

Johannesburg, South Africa – Tennis fever has hit the City of Gold as over 340 tennis players from across the country have arrived in Johannesburg to participate in the Dunlop Classic which takes place from 8 – 12 July 2014.

The annual tournament is the Gauteng Central Tennis Association’s premier junior event and is part of the KeyHealth series, making it one of the most prestigious junior tennis events in the country. An impressive line-up of top players have entered for the Johannesburg event.

Boys and girls in the under 12, 14, 16 and Open age categories, will compete in singles and doubles events at different tennis clubs throughout the City of Johannesburg as well as at Gauteng Central Tennis Association’s headquarters, the famous Ellis Park Tennis Stadium.

Bruce Gray, President of Gauteng Central Tennis Association says his Association is ready to deliver a great event. “We are excited at hosting another edition of the Dunlop Classic. The tournament has proved to be a success in the past and together with our sponsors, Dunlop, we are looking to make this our flagship tournament of the year.”

Brand President for Dunslaz Sport, Steve Gallienne said that his company’s brand, Dunlop is happy to be part of the tournament. “We are delighted to be associated with an event boasting the cream of South Africa’s junior tennis players. As one of the world’s leading brands, we continue to commit ourselves to the development of tennis in our country especially at grassroots level”, he said.

Gallienne also said that the timing of the tournament was appropriate as it was being played after Wimbledon. “Tennis is still the hot talking point right now after Wimbledon in London. Slazenger (the sister brand of Dunlop) are the only sponsor of Wimbledon and so let’s say that in Joburg we will be having our “Mini Wimbledon” on the go after the greatest tennis show on earth.”

The seeds for the tournament are as follows:

Boys 12
1. Robbie Arends (WP)
2. Tinashe Taruberekera (GC)
3. Connor Kruger (GN)
4. Tom Mchugh (Bol)
5. Andreas Scott (GC)
6. Codie Van Schalkwyk (WP)
7. Carl Roothman (Bol)
8. Dylan Salton (GE)

Girls 12
1. Marne Dercksen (EP)
2. Rochelle Pienaar (EP)
3. Anique Engelbrecht (GC)
4. Delien Kleinhans (FS)
5. Ashlee Andrew (GE)
6. Gizelle Naude (FS)
7. Abner Dickson (GC)
8. Jana Van Vreden (Bol)

Boys 14
1. Hugh Morgan (GC)
2. Gerhardt Becker (GN)
3. Jonathan Bulmer (GC)
4. Joubert Klopper (FS)
5. Pierre Malan (WP)
6. Martin Dijkhuis (GC)
7. Charl Morgan (GC)
8. William Wilson (GN)

Girls 14
1. Maja Gledic (GC)
2. Angela Georgieva (GC)
3. Jessica Assenmacher (GC)
4. Megan Lombardi (Bol)
5. Alexis Tensfeldt (GC)
6. Evangeline Du Toit (Bol)
7. Vanessa Chigariro (WP)
8. Sasha Taruberekera (GC)

Boys 16
1. Jd Malan (WP)
2. Lance-Pierre Du Toit (Bol)
3. Michael Copeland (GC)
4. Jordan Sauer (GN)
5. Nikolai Manchev (KZN)
6. Jandre’ Lessing (EP)
7. Hubert Badenhorst (FS)
8. Cameron Petersen (GC)

Girls 16
1. Jon-Bene Potgieter (FS)
3. Casandra Metzer (GE)
4. Jeanne Klopper (FS)
5. Lesshika Vala (MP)
6. Brieta Pienaar (EP)
7. Ariel Dickson (GC)
8. Nadia Van Heerden (GC)

Men
1. Ruben Alberts (GN)
2. Reinhardt Trollip (GN)
3. Refiloe Molaoa (Lim)
4. Lloyd Segal (GC)
5. Aidan Carrazedo (GC)
6. Philip Franken (Bol)
7. Redge Rostron (GE)
8. Raubenheimer Gerber (GN)

Women
1. Caitlin Herb (GN)
2. Nadine De Villiers (GC)
3. Lenice Van Eyk (GN)
4. Rouxanne Janse Van Rensburg (Bol)
5. Nelise Verster (FS)
6. Tyra Timm (GC)
7. Tracey Bulmer (GC)
8. Ciney Bekker (Bol)


SOUTH AFRICAN TENNIS STAR HONOURED BY DAVIS CUP

Wimbledon, London - A trio of South African Davis Cup legends, including two former champions, have been presented with their Davis Cup Commitment Awards at this year’s Wimbledon Championships.

Frew McMillan (RSA), Cliff Drysdale (RSA) and Wayne Ferreira (RSA) receive the Davis Cup Commitment Award from ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti (far right) and Tennis South Africa President Gavin Crookes (far left) at Wimbledon this week.
Picture by: Paul Zimmer/ITF


Cliff Drysdale, Wayne Ferreira and Frew McMillan were given their awards, which go to players who have competed in 20 Davis Cup home or away ties during their career, by ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti and Tennis South Africa President Gavin Crookes. The awards were presented at Wimbledon this week.
Drysdale, Ferreira and McMillan are three of just four men from their country to have won a Davis Cup Commitment Award. The other is Rik de Voest, who was presented with it at the Euro Africa Group 1 tie against Lithuania played on home soil earlier this year.
Drysdale and McMillan were part of the South African team in 1974 that went on to win the title, the latter McMillan holding the record for the most Davis Cup ties played by a South African (28 ties).
Among Ferreira’s career records is being the South African to have played Davis Cup for the most years (14 yrs.) and winning the most rubbers (41 rubbers).
South Africa will play in Europe/Africa Zone Group II next year.
The Davis Cup Commitment Award is presented by the ITF to players who have shown long-standing dedication to representing their country in this prestigious competition. Each Award recipient has competed in a minimum of 20 home or away ties or 50 ties at any level of the competition (including Zone Group Events) over their career.
The Award was conceived as part of the ITF’s 2013 Centenary celebrations and was launched at the 100th Davis Cup Final in 2012. A total of 320 players have met the criteria, with awards presented at ties throughout the year. All recipients are recognised on an honours board at the ITF headquarters and in a dedicated section on the official Davis Cup website. The record holder for the most ties played in all levels of the competition is Domenico Vicini from San Marino, who has so far played a total of 89 ties. With 66 ties played, Italy’s Nicola Pietrangeli heads the elite list of players who have competed in 20 home or away ties for their country.

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