FINAL REPORT & RESULTS OF THE GROENKLOOF JUNIOR ITF

Final Report & Results of the Groenkloof Junior ITF being played at Groenkloof Tennis Stadium, Pretoria.

Report

It was a dream tournament for 15 year old Pretoria junior Lleyton Cronje when he captured his maiden international junior title at the Groenkloof Stadium in the Capital on Saturday.

Fifth seed, Minette Van Vreden of South Africa (The Strand/Boland) won the Groenkloof ITF Juniors being played at the Groenkloof Stadium in Tshwane on Saturday. Van Vreden upset top seed Maxine Bateman (Umhlali/Kwa-Zulu Natal) also of South Africa 6-0 6-1 in the final.

South African 16 seed Lleyton Cronje (Gauteng North/Pretoria) continued his fine run at the Groenkloof ITF Juniors being played in Pretoria. In an all South African affair, Cronje upset top seed Joshua Howard-Tripp (Gauteng East/Boksburg) 6-0 6-3 to win his maiden international junior title..

Picture credit: BLD Communications

Cronje, seeded 16 upset compatriot and top seed Joshua Howard-Tripp 6-0 6-3 in 1 hour 22 minutes to lift the ITF Groenkloof Junior crown.

But it was the bazaar end to the tournament that overshadowed the solid on court performance by Cronje and sadly it was by default that Cronje won the title.
Top seed South African, Howard-Tripp seemed irritated on court from the start of the final and was unable to get onto the scoreboard in the first six games of the match. Trailing Cronje 0-4 in the opening set, and at 0-30 in the fifth game, Howard-Tripp was given a code violation for ball abuse for hitting a ball outside the court which resulted in a warning.
Howard-Tripp in the sixth game was given his second code violation again for ball abuse by Attridgeville chair umpire George Mogofe. This resulted in the top seed being given a point penalty.

Cronje impressively remained calm on court despite all the drama and held serve to win the opening set 6-0.

Howard-Tripp somehow managed to regroup himself and started to play the game that had got him to the final. He won the opening game of the second set and the match went with serve until the seventh game when Cronje broke to lead 4-3. Cronje held serve to lead 5-3 when the real drama unfolded. A unforced error by Howard-Tripp gave Cronje match point in the ninth game of the second set after which Howard-Tripp once again hit all ball out the court into the stadium parking lot which resulted in Tournament Supervisor, George Phiri issuing Howard-Tripp with yet another code violation which resulted in a game penalty giving Cronje the game, set, match and title.
A disillusioned Howard-Tripp could hardly believe that his antics had cost him an international junior title and after the chair umpire announced Cronje as winner he slammed his racket against the court breaking it in pieces.

It was a rather sad end to what was a brilliantly organised tournament that displayed some top class tennis throughout.

Credit to Cronje who kept his composure and took the title. “I was doing my best to stay composed and keep calm on court. I focused on each point and played point by point. Actually I am used to drama like this from opponents, it happens all over the world and I have experienced it so just managed the situation” said Cronje.

Cronje said that he had entered the tournament with confidence having prepared real hard. “I was striking the ball real well from the first round. Beating second seed Richard Thongoana in the third round and ninth seed Lance-Pierre Du Toit in the semis proved that my game was on point. In the final I felt I didn’t play as well as I had all week but all I had to do against Joshua was keep the ball in court and make him play which worked.”

Cronje, who has been based the past few years out of the country in Oklahoma, USA said that he missed South Africa but admitted that him being based in the USA had taught him a lot. “I have come back to South Africa each year I have been abroad to play the odd tournament and I used to return feeling pressure with me expected to impress but I am over that now and I have come back to play, do my best and now win my first big international title, a real bonus and pleasure winning it at home.”

Now Cronje will next week to the remaining African swing of the international junior circuit in Zimbabwe followed by Mauritius. He will then return to South Africa for the two back to back tournaments in Stellenbosch before returning to the USA to play in the Eddie Herr and Orange Bowl events.

In the girls singles, fifth seeded Minette Van Vreden continued her impressive winning match streak when she upset top seed Maxine Bateman 6-0 6-1 in the all South African one-sided final.

Van Vreden who failed to lose a set all week won her first ever international junior title at the Wanderers Junior ITF in Johannesburg last weekend and with her back to back win in Pretoria on Saturday is now on a 10 match winning streak. Hailing from Boland in the Western Cape, Van Vreden said she is feeling “on top of the world”. “I am so proud and excited to be doing so well and winning two international titles. I feel I am playing a solid game and making very few unforced errors which obviously is working for me.”

Van Vreden made it a double title win in Pretoria when she partnered with good friend Mila Hartig to win the girls doubles. Van Vreden and Hartig, seeded two, beat top seed Maxine Bateman and Margo Landman (RSA) 7-6 3-6 (14-12) in the final.

The boys doubles all South African final was won by tournament favourites Sipho Montsi and Richard Thongoana. They beat unseeded George Botha and Philip Henning 6-2 6-2 in the final.

Results
Finals
Singles
Boys

(16) Lleyton Cronje (RSA) bt (1) Joshua Howard-Tripp (RSA) 6-0 6-3

Girls

(5) Minette Van Vreden (RSA) bt (1) Maxine Bateman (RSA) 6-0 6-1

Doubles
Boys

(1) Sipho Montsi (RSA)/Richard Thongoana (RSA) bt George Botha (RSA)/Philip Henning (RSA) 7-5 3-6 (10-8)

Girls

(2) Mila Hartig (RSA)/Minette Van Vreden (RSA) bt (1) Maxine Bateman (RSA)/Margo Landmann (RSA) 7-6 (4) 3-6 (14-12)

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FINAL REPORT OF THE WANDERERS JUNIOR ITF

• Maiden international win for rising tennis ace Sipho Montsi
• Giant killer, Minette Van Vreden takes top honours

Johannesburg, South Africa:

It was a fabulous Saturday for 16 year old Sipho Montsi of South Africa as he captured his maiden international junior tennis title in Johannesburg.

Fourth seeded South African Sipho Montsi of Pretoria beat third seed Bertus Kruger also of South Africa (Johannesburg) 7-5 2-6 6-1 to win the boys singles title of the ITF Wanderers international junior tournament in Johannesburg on Saturday at the Wanderers Sporting Club.

Picture Credit: BLD Communications


Fourth seeded Montsi of Pretoria beat fellow South African Bertus Kruger of Johannesburg 7-5 2-6 6-1 in the final. It took Montsi two hours, two minutes to win the title over third seeded Kruger who gave credit to Montsi following his loss but admitted he didn’t play his best tennis in the final. “Well done to Sipho for the win today but honestly I was real disappointed that I didn’t bring my’ “A game” into the final ” said Kruger.

Montsi broke the big Kruger left handed serve early in the opening set to lead 3-1. But Kruger, a past Junior Davis Cup player, broke back in the eighth game to level at 4-4. The set went with serve until the eleventh game when Montsi broke serve again to lead 6-5 and then held his own serve to take the opening set 7-5.

In the second set, Kruger found his rhythm and broke a defensive Montsi twice to win the set 6-2 and take the final into a deciding set.

But Montsi was not going to give up the fight. Despite Montsi being significantly shorter than his tall opponent, he showed heart and fight and dominated the final set, breaking serve three times winning the set 6-1.

“I am so happy to win my first international title” said a delighted Montsi following victory. “I went into the match confident, having had some good wins this week and I told myself not to doubt myself. But when I lost that second set I was disappointed as it was the first set I lost all tournament, but told myself to believe in myself and the game plan that won me the first set and I went back to my aggressive, positive game which paid off. “

In the all South African girls singles final, 17 year old Minette Van Vreden of The Strand In Cape Town caused a major upset when she beat top seed Maxine Bateman 6-1 6-2.

Bateman of Umhlali in Kwa-Zulu Natal was never in the match, with her erratic forehand and high unforced error percentage letting her down. Bateman has also been struggling with knee problems and it was evident her heavily strapped knees were not in good shape during the final. But all credit to Van Vreden who played a solid impressive game throughout the week upsetting the second and third seed en route to the final.


TENNIS MEDIA RELEASE: SEEDS ANNOUNCED FOR THE GROENKLOOF JUNIOR ITF

Pretoria, South Africa; Tennis South Africa (TSA) announced on Friday the seeds for next week’s Groenkloof Junior ITF, an international junior tennis tournament to be played at the Groenkloof Stadium in Pretoria from Monday 25 July to Saturday 30 July 2016.

Maxine Bateman of Umhlali, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa is the top seed in the girls singles of the ITF Groenkloof Juniors to be played in Pretoria at the Groenkloof Stadium from 25-30 July 2016.

Richard Thongoana of Rivonia, Gauteng Central, South Africa is the top seed in the girls singles of the ITF Groenkloof Juniors to be played in Pretoria at the Groenkloof Stadium from 25-30 July 2016.

Picture credit BLD Communications

The Groenkloof Junior ITF is a Grade 4 tournament part of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior world ranking point circuit.

The boys and girls 18 and under tournament will have a boys and girls singles and doubles competition with 15 countries represented.

The seeds announced are as follows;

Boys;

  1. Richard Thongoana (RSA)
  2. Joshua Howard-Tripp (RSA)
  3. Mehluli Sibanda (ZIM)
  4. Sipho Montsi (RSA)
  5. Mohammed Bellalouna (TUN)
  6. Philip Henning (RSA)
  7. Yassir Kilani (MAR)
  8. Tristan Boyer (YSA)
  9. Lance-Pierre Du Toit (RSA)
  10. Jordan Sauer (RSA)
  11. Taine Bernhard (RSA)
  12. Ahmed Herress (MAR)
  13. Valentin Royer (FRA)
  14. Delmas N’Tcha (BEN)
  15. Daniel Du Toit (RSA)
  16. Lleyton Cronje (RSA)

Girls;

  1. Maxine Bateman (RSA)
  2. Lilya Hadab (MAR)
  3. Mila Hartig (RSA)
  4. Megan Lombardi (RSA)
  5. Imaan Hassim (RSA)
  6. Minette Van Vreden (RSA)
  7. Margo Landman (RSA)
  8. Georgina Kaindoah (TAN)

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MIXED FORTUNES FOR SOUTH AFRICAN JUNIOR TENNIS PLAYERS AT AFRICAN CHAMPS

Johannesburg, South Africa – South African junior tennis players had “mixed fortunes” at the recent African Junior Teams’ Championships Qualifying Event played in Tunisia.
Boys and girls in the under 14 and under 16 age groups took part in the competition.

The boys under 16 competed for a spot in the Junior Davis Cup Finals but were unsuccessful in their efforts finishing third overall behind winners Morocco and second placed Egypt. The girls under 16 who were playing for a spot in the Junior Fed Cup Finals were also unsuccessful coming in second place overall behind winners Morocco.
Boys under 14 also came in second place overall behind winners Tunisia.

However the South African girls under 14 took first place and qualified for a spot in the World Junior Finals. The World Junior Finals will be played in The Czech Republic from 1 to 6 August 2016.
The winning team comprised of Makayla Loubser from Western Province, Lara Van Der Merwe from North West Province and Delien Kleinhans from Free State.

Winning SA team coach Terrey Schweitzer said that she was over the moon with how her team played, “I am very proud of the team for their efforts especially considering they were the lowest seed in their category. All the South Africans played very well in their respective age groups and should be very proud of their efforts.”

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SOUTH AFRICA GO DOWN TO LITHUANIA IN DAVIS CUP

Lithuania beat South Africa 3-2 in their Davis Cup Euro/Africa Group II second round tie at the Azuolynas Tennis Centre in Kaunas, Lithuania on Sunday.

South African Davis Cup captain, Marcos Ondruska encouraging his charge Lloyd Harris during the Sunday reverse singles.

Lloyd Harris of South Africa in action during Sunday’s reverse singles of the Davis Cup Euro Africa Group II tie vs Lithuania.


Going into the final day the South African side trailed the hosts 1-2 after Raven Klaasen and Ruan Roelofse kept the tie alive with a solid 6-1 6-1 6-3 doubles win on Saturday over Laurynas Grigelis and Lukas Mugevicius.

However with the visitors 2-0 down on Friday after Tucker Vorster and Lloyd Harris both lost their opening singles rubbers it was always going be a tall order for South Africa to claw back and win the remaining three rubbers to secure victory.
On Friday Vorster went down 7-6 (1) 3-6 3-6 2-6 to Lithuanian number one Laurynas Grigelis whilst Harris despite winning the opening set and having a double break advantage in the second set crashed out to Lukas Mugevicius (LTU) 6-3 6-7 (5) 0-6 4-6.

The hopes for South Africa rested on young 19 year old Lloyd Harris of Cape Town, the nominated number one player who had to beat Laurynas Grigelis to keep the boys in green and gold hopes alive.

But Harris failed to secure the victory against Grigelis who won 6-1 6-1 6-3

The victory by Grigelis gave the Lithuanians the all-important third point which secured them the tie and a chance to play-off against Bosnia/Herzegovina for promotion to the Group I in September.

Marcos Ondruska, the South African captain said that a combination of a lack of experience in Davis Cup competition and playing on clay worked against Harris. “Lloyd is a real talent with a great future but unfortunately he is a new member of Davis Cup and is not comfortable on clay so the odds were against him even though he is ranked somewhat higher than Grigelis on the world rankings.”

Tucker Vorster then salvaged some pride for South Africa when in the last rubber of the tie he beat Tadas Babalis, 6-3 6-2 in the dead rubber that was reduced to the best of three sets.

Ondruska said that he was however proud of how his team played. “They gave of their best in very difficult conditions away from home. The weather was awful and the balls played heavy on the red clay. We are not used to clay court play so obviously the Lithuanian team as hosts were going to prepare the tie in conditions suited to their games and it certainly worked in their favour.”

Ondruska added that not was all negative. “We will take a lot away from this loss and work on those elements going forward. I have a very talented and enthusiastic group of players that are proud to represent South Africa and do well.”

South African now remain in Euro/Africa Group II for 2017 courtesy to a 5-0 win over Luxembourg in round 1 earlier this year at the Irene Country Club outside Pretoria.

DAY 3 RESULTS OF THE 2016 ROUND 2 DAVIS CUP BY BNP PARIBAS EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II tie – South Africa vs Lithuania

Day 3 results of the 2016 Round 2 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Europe/Africa Zone Group II tie between South Africa vs Lithuania being played in Kaunas, Lithuania

SOUTH AFRICA LOST TO LITHUANIA 3-2

Day 1 Friday 15 July
Singles
Tucker Vorster (RSA) lost to Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) 7-6 (1) 3-6 3-6 2-6
Lloyd Harris (RSA) lost to Lukas Mugevicius (LTU) 6-3 6-7 (5) 0-6 4-6

Day 2 Saturday 16 July
Doubles
Raven Klaasen/Ruan Roelofse (RSA) bt Lukas Mugevicius/Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) 6-1 6-1 6-3

Day 3 Sunday 17 July
Reverse singles
Lloyd Harris (RSA) lost to Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) 1-6 1-6 3-6
Tucker Vorster (RSA) bt Lukas Mugevicius (LTU) 6-3 6-2


GAUTENG TO HOST INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR TENNIS TOURNAMENTS

Pretoria, South Africa; To fall in line with the Tennis South Africa (TSA) vision of giving up and coming local junior tennis stars a chance of international tennis exposure, TSA announced that Gauteng would once again host back to back international junior tournaments this month.
Johannesburg and Pretoria will each stage an International Tennis Federation (ITF) Grade 4 tournament.

The first of the two 18 and under tournaments will start on Monday 18 July with the finals scheduled for Saturday 23 July and will be played at The Wanderers Tennis Club in Illovo, Joburg. The second will be played from 25-30 July at the Groenkloof Tennis Stadium in Pretoria.

Junior tennis players from 15 visiting countries are in South Africa to participate in these two tournaments.

“By hosting international junior tennis events in South Africa it gives our local juniors the opportunity of earning world ranking points in their own backyard” said President of Tennis South Africa, Gavin Crookes. “It is very costly for our juniors to travel around the world to work themselves onto and up the world rankings so now they can capitalize on playing affordably at home in weather conditions they are used to.”

Crookes continued by saying that it was pleasing once again to see so many local and international players coming to South Africa compete. “This shows that the internationals are happy with our facilities and are most likely to return in the future.”

There are players from Morocco, Zimbabwe, Greece, USA, Botswana, Tunisia, Kenya, France, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Burundi, Namibia, Italy, Nigeria and Israel competing in both events.

There will be a qualifying tournament for the ITF Wanderers Juniors on Saturday and Sunday 16th, 17th July. Sign in for this event will be at the Wanderers Sporting Club on Friday 15th July from 16:00 – 18:00.

The seeds for the ITF Wanderers Juniors are as follows;

Boys

  1. Richard Thongoana (RSA)
  2. Joshua Howard-Tripp (RSA)
  3. Bertus Kruger (RSA)
  4. Siphosothando Montsi (RSA)
  5. Mohamed Ali Bellalouna (TUN)
  6. Philip Henning (RSA)
  7. Yassir Kilani (MAR)
  8. Lance-Pierre Du Toit

Girls

  1. Lee Barnard (RSA)
  2. Zani Barnard (RSA)
  3. Maxine Bateman (RSA)
  4. Lilya Hadab (MAR)
  5. Mila Hartig (RSA)
  6. Megan Lombardi (RSA)
  7. Imaan Hassim (RSA)
  8. Minette Van Vreden (RSA)

LLOYD HARRIS AND TUCKER VORSTER NAMED AS SINGLES PLAYERS FOR SOUTH AFRICA AT DAVIS CUP

Kaunas, Lithuania – As expected South African Davis Cup captain, Marcos Ondruska announced 19 year old Lloyd Harris and Tucker Vorster as his number one and number two nominated singles player at the official draw of this weekend’s Euro Africa Group 2 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas tie between South Africa and Lithuania. The tie will be played at the Azuolynas Tennis Centre, Kaunas, Lithuania from 15-17 July 2016.

The South African Davis Cup team pictured in Lithuania after the draw ceremony on Thursday (today) pictured from left Captain Marcos Ondruska and players Lloyd Harris, Tucker Vorster, Ruan Roelofse and Raven Klaasen. South Africa will play against Lithuania in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Euro/Africa Group 11 second round this weekend in Kaunas, Lithuania.

Picture credit: Tennis South Africa


South Africa’s top 10 ranked world doubles player, Raven Klaasen will spearhead the South African doubles challenge and Ondruska nominated Ruan Roelofse as his partner for the doubles rubber on Saturday.
World number 410 Tucker Vorster, will get South Africa’s weekend campaign under way against Lithuania on Friday 15 July at 10h00 South African time. Tucker will play Laurynas Grigelis the Lithuanian nominated number one player, in the opening rubber. This will be the first time that the two have met. This will be followed by the second Friday singles rubber between world ranked 323 Lloyd Harris, South Africa’s number one nominated player and Lithuanian number two Lukas Mugevicius, who also have never player each other.
On Saturday at 12 noon SA time, Raven Klaasen and Ruan Roelofse will team up and play against Laurynas Grigelis and Lukas Mugevicius.
On Sunday the reverse singles will be played from 10h00 with the number one players doing battle first followed by the number two players.
The draw for the first round Group 2 Europe/Africa tie was made at the Medziotoju Uzeiga in the official hotel today (Thursday) and Laurynas Grigelis’ name was drawn for the first singles rubber by tie Referee, Sergei Dubrov of Belarus.
The absence of Lithuanian number 1, Ricardas Barankis ranked 57 on the world rankings has somewhat strengthened the South African chances however Captain Marcos Ondruska and his team remain upbeat but cautious about their chances this weekend. “We have the best possible side experience wise for this tie. We all know that should Barankis have played for Lithuania it would have been tougher but Lithuania still have a good side and are playing at home in front of their fans on the surface they chose red clay so it’s going to be a big challenge” continued Ondruska.
Ondruska said that he believed the team assembled for this weekend are the best for the job. “My boys are passionate about playing for their country and will do us all proud there is a very happy mood in the camp and the guys are looking extremely sharp, much better than they were on the weekend when they arrived, and got onto the clay, they are ready to give their all this weekend.”
The most senior South African player in the team Raven Klaasen said he was happy that Ruan had been named as his partner for Saturday as the two have played successfully together before.
“I see this as an opportunity to nail down the tie in the doubles rubber on Saturday,” said Klaasen. “Ruan and I have a good record together and hopefully by the time we play the doubles South Africa will be leading so that we can sew up the result before the start of Sunday’s reverse singles.”

Ondruska said he was surprised that Lithuania had nominated their two singles players for the doubles. “If the Lithuanian singles player play on Friday and then team up for the doubles on Saturday they could well have fatigue by Sunday which will work in our favour.”

This is the second time that the two nations have met in Davis Cup competition. South Africa beat Lithuania 3-2 in a tough tie at the Irene Country Club in Pretoria in 2014.

The playing program;
Friday singles (start 10h00 SA time): Tucker Vorster (RSA) vs Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) followed by Lloyd Harris (RSA) vs. Lukas Mugevicius (LTU),
Saturday doubles (start 12 noon SA time): Raven Klaasen and Ruan Roelofse (RSA) vs. vs Laurynas Grigelis and Lukas Mugevicius (LTU).
Sunday reverse singles (10h00 SA time): Lloyd Harris (RSA) vs. vs Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) followed by Tucker Vorster (RSA) vs. vs Laurynas Grigelis (LTU).


LITHUANIA NAME DAVIS CUP TEAM TO PLAY SOUTH AFRICA

Kaunas, Lithuania; Lithuania’s top ranked player, Ricardas Berankis, ranked 54 in world tennis, was not named by his country on Friday in their team to play South Africa in the Euro Africa Group II tie next weekend from 15-17 July. The tie will be played in Kaunas, Lithuania.

(Left to right) Laurynas Grigelis and Lukas Mugevicius

Laurynas Grigelis

Picture credit: Saulius Cirba


Berankis has decided to miss the tie due to the Rio Olympic Games where he will be the first Lithuanian tennis player ever to compete in the Olympics. Berankis opted to travel to the USA and prepare for the Olympics there.

The Lithuanian team announced is;

Laurynas Grigelis (Singles 372 Doubles 246)
Lukas Mugevicius (Singles 796 Doubles 292)
Tadas Babelis (Singles 1350 Doubles 1205)
Tomas Vaise (Singles 0 Doubles 0)

Captain Rimvydas Mugevicius

The tie will be played outdoors on red clay at the Azuolynas Tennis Centre in Kaunas.

The South African team named on Wednesday is as follows;

Lloyd Harris (Singles 315 Doubles 667)
Tucker Vorster (Singles 356 Doubles 464)
Raven Klaasen (Singles 0 Doubles 16)
Ruan Roelofse (Singles 1225 Doubles 135)

Captain Marcos Ondruska

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SOUTH AFRICAN DAVIS CUP TEAM NAMED TO PLAY LITHUANIA

• Raven Klaasen back in SA Davis Cup team
South Africa; South African Davis Cup Captain, Marcos Ondruska announced on Wednesday his Davis Cup squad to play against Lithuania later this month.
Lithuania will host South Africa in the second round of Group II Europe/Africa Zone from July 15-17 in Kaunas, Lithuania.
The squad was announced as;
Lloyd Harris, Tucker Vorster, Raven Klaasen and Ruan Roelofse.

Tucker Voster

Ruan Roelofse

Lloyd Harris

Raven Klaasen

Picture Credit: Reg Caldecott


Kevin Anderson and Dean O’Brien were unavailable for the Tie.

Harris should spearhead the singles attack as the highest ranked singles player in the squad. “Lloyd is our young gun with a big game, extremely talented and he played a solid debut singles rubber against Luxembourg and will be an important part of the team” said Ondruska.

Ondruska said that Vorster had been working hard on his game recently and was fitter and stronger.

Raven Klaasen South Africa’s highest world ranked doubles player makes a welcome return to Davis Cup.
Ondruska said that he was extremely excited to have Klaasen on the team for this tie. “Raven’s experience should prove vital in leading this team through what we expect to be a closely contested Tie.”

Another senior player, Ruan Roelofse who is concentrating in doubles on the professional circuit, is expected to partner Klaasen for the Tie.
Ondruska said that he welcomes Roelofse making himself available for the Tie. “I’m looking to Ruan and Raven merging well together and bringing the important doubles rubber South Africa’s way.”
The last time the two teams met was in 2014 when Lithuania defeated South Africa 3-2 in a tough tie at the Irene Country Club, Pretoria.
Lithuania beat their first round opponents Norway 3-2. South Africa served up a 5-0 victory over their first round opponents Luxembourg.
Both teams are playing for the chance to reach the third round of Group II Europe/Africa.

Lithuania will confirm their team on Wednesday.

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• South African tennis Seniors impress at world champs

Helsinki, Finland - As they say in the classics, the older you get, the better and wiser you get and this was so true for the South African Senior tennis team who impressed at the ITF Senior World Individual Championships which ended in Helsinki, Finland over the weekend.

South African Senior tennis gold medal winner in the 60+ age group from left Marius Genis (Gauteng North) and Ronnie van ‘t Hof (Gauteng Central) pictured after winning the ITF Senior World Individual Championships held in Helsinki, Finland.
Photo credit : Reg Caldecott


The best result came in the 60 + age group doubles where Ronnie van ‘t Hof of Cape Town and his Pretoria partner, Marius Genis won the gold medal beating Australians Stephen Myers and Stephen Packham 6-3 6-4 in the final.
South Africa won a silver medal in the 60 + age group mixed doubles when Karin Boshoff and Stephen Bryant of Kwa-Zulu Natal to reach the final. Ross Persons and Tina Kawarsky of USA, seeded four beat fifth seeded Boshoff and Bryant 6-3 3-6 10-7 for gold.
In the same age group, Capetonians Japie Klaasen and Jenny Cerff reached the mixed doubles semi-finals.
In the singles 55 + age group Elna Botha of Gauteng Central reached the quarter-finals where she lost to second seed American Susan Wright but upset sixth seeded Wanda Howes of Australia the third round.
Other doubles quarter finalists were Elna Botha and her Australian doubles partner Kerry Lonergan (55 + age group), Lynn van ‘t Hof (WP) and Annelie Celliers (GN) and well as Jenny Cerff and Karin Boshoff (both 55 + age group).
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WIMBLEDON FEVER HITS JOBURG COURTS

• Top SA tennis players do battle in Joburg
• Tennis Fever hits the City of Gold
• Dunlop Sport continues its support for tennis development

Johannesburg – The Wimbledon tennis fever has hit the City of Gold as over 600 tennis players from across the country have arrived in Johannesburg on Monday to participate in the Dunlop Classic which takes place from 5 – 9 July.

The annual tournament is the Gauteng Central Tennis Association’s premier junior event and has a TSA Series status and is part of Tennis South Africa’s (TSA) premier junior series, making it one of the most prestigious junior tennis events in the country. One of the strongest line-ups of players has confirmed their entry for the 2016 event.

Boys, girls, men and women in the under 10, 12, 14, 16 and Senior age categories, will compete in the gold and platinum draws at different tennis clubs throughout the City of Joburg as well as at Gauteng Central Tennis Association’s headquarters, the famous “grand of lady” of tennis the Ellis Park Tennis Stadium. Other tennis clubs being used are Marks Park, Linden and Penrose.

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-ID Marketing Director, 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 during the second week of Wimbledon. “Tennis is the hot talking point right now with Wimbledon on the go in London, so let’s say that in Joburg we will be having our “Mini Wimbledon” on the go during the greatest tennis show on earth.”

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