SOUTH AFRICA’S UNDER 12 TENNIS STARS QUALIFY FOR AFRICAN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

Johannesburg, South Africa – The South Africa’s girls under 12 junior tennis team qualified for the year end African Junior Championships when they upset more favoured countries during the Southern African Junior Championships played in Antananarivo, Madagascar this past week. More impressively was that it was the first time the team have competed on clay.

Team South Africa’s girls under 12s with their winning throphies, from left to right - Carle Botha, Kaitlyn Rumduth, and Nadia Gouws

Photo credit: Tennis South Africa


The girls team comprised of Kaitlyn Rumduth of Durban, Nadia Gouws and Carle Botha both of Pretoria

After clinching the title against top seeds, Madagascar 2-1, the South Africans qualified to compete in the continents final event in the first week of September in Morocco

Team coach Terrey Schweitzer was thrilled by the overall performance. “Our girls worked extremely hard on our first practice day to get used to playing and moving around on clay for the first time and adapted well all week to playing on the surface.”

Carle Botha opened for South Africa winning singles in a strenuous 7-6(11) 2-6 7-5 against Maholy Razakaniaina of Madagascar. Nadia Gouws then won her singles 6-7 (2) 6-4 6-1 against Miotisoa Rasendra of Madagascar. Unfortunately Kaitlyn Rumduth and Carle Botha then lost the dead doubles match 0-6 4-6 to Madagascar’s pair Maholy Razakaniaina and Randy Rakotoarilala.

The South Africa’s boys under 12 failed to qualify for the year end African Junior Championships after coming out fourth in the overall performance

Southern African Junior Teams Championships Final standings;

Boys
1. Madagascar
2. Zimbabwe
3. Botswana
4. South Africa
5. Mauritius

Girls
1. South Africa
2. Madagascar
3. Zimbabwe
4. Botswana


EARL GRAINGER STEPS DOWN AS SOUTH AFRICA’S FED CUP CAPTAIN

Johannesburg, South Africa – Tennis South Africa (TSA) has announced on Thursday that Earl Grainger has stepped down from his position as Fed Cup Captain. Grainger’s current term as Captain finished at the end of the recent Fed Cup event in April, and Grainger, in consultation with TSA, has decided to bring his tenure to an end.

Earl Grainger
Photo credit: Reg Caldecott


Grainger said: “It was a very difficult decision to make, but I do believe the time is right to step away from the role. The Fed Cup team needs a fresh start as it enters into a long term rebuilding phase. While this year’s results were disappointing, I am proud of my overall efforts as Captain. I depart the position on good terms with Tennis South Africa – indeed there is fresh energy and direction at the Federation and I am fully intending to remain involved by helping to improve high performance tennis in the country.”
Grainger was appointed as Fed Cup Captain in 2014 and in 2015 he also stepped in as interim Davis Cup Captain. Unfortunately 2017 was a difficult year for the SA Fed Cup team, as they were relegated to Europe/Africa Zone Group III, after a challenging tournament in Lithuania in April.
Gavin Crookes, President of TSA commented: “We would like to thank Earl for his dedicated service to TSA – as both Fed Cup Captain, as well as interim Davis Cup Captain. He has brought a huge amount of passion to his position and has a good track-record at international level.”
Richard Glover, CEO of TSA, commented: “Although we have not worked together long, I have built up a very positive relationship with Earl. He is an asset to tennis and will continue to make a strong contribution to TSA, through his ongoing involvement with our High Performance Task Force.”
Grainger is one of the most high profile and successful tennis coaches in the country. Players who have made their names at his Johannesburg based academy, include Davis Cup members, Dean O’Brien and Ruan Roelofse, as well as Fed Cup players, Chanel Simmonds and Natasha Fourouclas.

TSA will announce the way forward on the Fed Cup in due course.
TSA also recently revealed that it was launching a Women’s Tennis Task Force to make recommendations as to how TSA can rebuild the women’s game in the country. The Task Force meets for the first time later this month and the mandate and members of the group will be announced in the coming weeks.


SOUTH AFRICAN JUNIOR TENNIS TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR SOUTHERN AFRICAN JUNIOR TEAM CHAMPS

Pretoria, South Africa – Tennis South Africa (TSA) on Thursday named their team to represent South Africa at the ITF/CAT Southern African Junior Teams Championships to be played in Antananarivo, Madagascar from 13 to 17 May 2017.

Five countries will do battle at the five day 12 years and under Championships hoping to qualifying for the African Junior Team Championships later this year representing the Southern African Region. The top two performing teams in the boys and girls class will be in the running to participate in the African Junior Teams Championships to be played during the first week of September in Morocco.
The selected players are;
Boys:
1. John Coetzee (WP)
2. Stuart Van Der Merwe (GP)
3. Imaad Lorgat (WP)
Reserve:
1. Jayden Pakkiri (GP)
Coach: Charles Mehlape (GP)
Girls:
1. Nadia Gouws (GP)
2. Carle Botha (GP)
3. Kaitlyn Ramduth (KZN)
Reserves:
1. Carli Kruger (FS)
2. Lilitha Ndungane (GP)
Coach: Terrey Schweitzer (GP)





































TRANSFORMATION: THE CORNERSTONE OF GROWING TENNIS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Johannesburg, South Africa – Tennis South Africa (TSA) has signalled a new dawn for the future of tennis in South Africa with a renewed commitment to transformation in the sport.

This commitment was cemented by the national tennis federation signing a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on Transformation, with Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA) and the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), on Tuesday.

The MOA focuses on the interventions (via its transformation and development plan) that TSA will be making over the next 5-8 years to drive growth in tennis across all communities.

By joining the ranks of the country’s leading sporting codes - Soccer, Rugby, Cricket, Athletics and Netball - who have signed similar agreements - TSA views the MOA as one of the key ingredients in broadening its reach across the country.

Prior to the signing of the MOA, TSA had already hit the ground running by making its draft plan on transformation and development available online for public comment and feedback. The document can be found at: http://www.tennissa.co.za/news/tsa-transformation-and-development-strategy-draft-document.

Richard Glover, CEO of TSA welcomed the signature of this agreement. “TSA is excited to finalise this agreement. It provides us with a great opportunity to work with SRSA and SASCOC to grow our sport. The new TSA plan for transformation and development is practical and achievable and has been very well received by a variety of stakeholders. We are excited to start rolling it out in the coming months. We see this new plan as an exciting opportunity to ensure the sustainability of tennis in our country.”

This symbolic step follows the presentation that TSA made to a media contingent in February of 2017, where the Federation outlined a four pronged approach to growing tennis in SA. The new growth plan, which will see transformation woven into all aspects, focuses on initiatives aimed at driving:

INTEREST- Increasing general interest in the sport across all communities in South Africa.
PARTICIPATION - Igniting more South Africans to participate in tennis.
HIGH PERFORMANCE- Creating a greater pull of players that will join the higher ranks of global tennis masters’ circles.
SUSTAINABILITY - Creating a sustainable business model for the Federation.


CLOSE BATTLE EXPECTED FOR SPAR PORT ELIZABETH CHALLENGE

• Road-running fans will have their eyes firmly fixed on the SPAR Women’s 10 km Challenge in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, when South Africa’s top runners will be in action.
Johannesburg, South Africa - The runners who finished in the top three in the Cape Town race, Louisa Leballo, Kesa Moletsane and Irvette van Zyl, all earned bonus points in Cape Town for finishing below the target time set for the race. The target time for Port Elizabeth is 33.26 minutes, which is within the capabilities of the top three or four runners and if the weather is good, the pace should be fast and competition fierce.

From left SPAR Women’s Challenge Cape Town top 3 Kesa Molotsane (Nedbank), Loisa Leballo (KPMG) and Irvette Van Blerk (Nedbank) after prize-giving at the SPAR Women’s Challenge Cape Town held on Sunday the 2 April 2017 at Green point stadium precinct who are all currenly leading the SPAR Grand Prix Series so far this year.
Photo credit: Reg Caldecott


The top runners have not allowed the grass grow under their feet since the Cape Town race on April 2. Moletsane won the 5000 m at the South African championships in Potchefstroom, using her powerful kick to clinch the title. Van Zyl was second and Nolene Conrad, who finished seventh in Cape Town, was third. Moletsane followed up by winning the 5000m at the SA Student Championships in Cape Town last week.
Van Zyl won the Two Oceans half-marathon in one hour 13.53 minutes. Conrad was second and Leballo third.
Another runner who has been in good form is Simonay Weitsz, who was first junior home in the Cape Town Challenge. She won the senior 1500m event at the national championships in Potchefstroom.
Others who are expected to compete are former SPAR Grand Prix winners Mapaseka Makhanya and Lebogang Phalula.
Van Zyl, winner of the Grand Prix in 2016, can be expected to be more competitive in Port Elizabeth. She started strongly in Cape Town, but was caught at about 7kms by Leballo and Moletsane. She said after the race that she had been taken by surprise.
“I didn’t realise Kesa was in the race until 7kms. Maybe, if I had known at the start I might have run differently. In the last kilometre, I knew I was in big trouble. Kesa has a big kick and Louisa was a surprise,” said Van Zyl. She is likely to change her tactics to meet the challenge on Saturday. However, Moletsane is in superb form and will be hard to beat.
Leballo, Moletsane and Van Zyl are well ahead of their nearest rivals on the Grand Prix ladder after the first race. But there are five races to go and with a first prize of R173 000 up for grabs, South Africa’s top runners will be going all out to earn maximum Grand Prix points.


THE WILSON R100 000.00 TENNIS CHALLENGE IS BACK!

Johannesburg, South Africa – The World’s leading tennis brand Wilson are again ready to host the Wilson 100 000 Challenge.

The tournament will be played at the Gauteng East Tennis Centre in Lakefield, Benoni over two weekends namely 5th, 6th and 7th and 12th, 13th and 14th May 2017.

Brothers Brad and Brett Summers, Directors of The Golf Racket, who are the distributors of Wilson products throughout South Africa are delighted to once again be sponsoring the event and with it are happy to be putting something back into the sport they love.

The tournament will be hosting the following events namely an Open Men’s and Women’s event together with a Boys and Girls U/14 event. All events will have prize money and Junior recipients will get vouchers to the value of the allocated prize money as the rules of tennis do not allow juniors to receive prize money.

Brad Summers said that the big advantage of the new dates will allow more u/14 players to participate without having to take time off school.

The sponsors will have the rights to 4 wild card nominations into the Open tournament and the tournament will be run under the auspices of Tennis South Africa (TSA).

Tennis South Africa’s CEO Richard Glover praised Wilson for this ongoing initiative. “Wilson’s ongoing commitment to tennis in South Africa, with a fantastic initiative such as this, is commendable. A tournament like this affords the greater tennis family not only the opportunity to participate and watch awesome top level tennis, but also to rekindle friendships and reaffirm the passion we all have for tennis. The event is a superb example of Tennis South Africa’s Vision Statement of “we all want to see someone playing tennis somewhere every day”.

To enter visit www.tennissa.co.za SportyHQ
https://tsa.sportyhq.com/tournament/view/2016044-WILSON-R100000-CHALLENGE/sign_up

For enquiries please contact Lorna Krog on 083-630-1990, Owen McNeill on 084-565-6322 or The Golf Racket on 011-807-5362.

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