Johannesburg, South Africa – Tennis fever is at an all-time high with the Wimbledon Championships on the go in London. In South Africa junior tennis players are preparing for challenges of their own with three major tournaments scheduled for July.
The countries junior tennis winter swing begins tomorrow (Wednesday) at Durban’s Westridge Park Tennis Stadium with the Dunlop Challenge, part of the Tennis South Africa Series which will end with the finals on Monday 5 July. Two further Tennis South Africa Series tournaments, namely the Gauteng Central TSA Series and the Gauteng East TSA Series will be played directly after the Kwa-Zulu Natal event.
The Gauteng Central TSA Series will be played at the Ellis Park Tennis Stadium from 7-11 July whilst the final leg of the winter swing will be the Gauteng East TSA Series at the Gauteng East Tennis Complex in Benoni from July 13-17.
Each of these tournaments will see boys and girls in the under 10, 12, 14, and 16 age categories competing at different tennis clubs throughout their respective regions. In addition to these age groups there will be an open tournament for senior men and women which falls in line with Tennis South Africa’s aims and objectives to encourage players exiting the junior ranks to continue to remain competitive in the game.
Gavin Crooks, President of Tennis South Africa said all three provincial associations were ready to deliver great events. “Junior tennis tournaments play a key role in the overall development of players. The school holidays are packed with tennis tournament nationwide giving parents a “peace of mind” that their children will be kept busy in a healthy environment throughout their school breaks.
“What is a major attraction for the tournaments are that they are played over the third Grand Slam of the year Wimbledon when tennis fever is at an all-time high” continued Crooks.