RISING SA TENNIS STAR LLOYD HARRIS NOMINATED FOR SA SPORT AWARD

Pretoria, South Africa –Tennis South Africa (TSA) has hailed its rising young star, Lloyd Harris, after he was nominated in the Newcomer of The Year category at the 2017 SA Sport Awards.

South Africa’s number one singles player, Lloyd Harris, celebrates victory during Davis Cup Euro/Africa Zone Group 2 Round 3 tie South Africa vs Denmark in Aarhus, Denmark in September 2017.

Photo credit: BLD Communications

The awards, which are to be held at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg, on Sunday 12 November, see Harris as a finalist alongside Keshav Maharaj (SA cricket) and Sokwakhana Zazini (SA athletics).

The 20-year-old, from Cape Town, has enjoyed an impressive 2017, after recently reaching a career high ATP ranking of 199. The youngster was also one of just fourteen players from across the world, who were selected to receive the first ever International Player Grand Slam Grants - awarded by the International Tennis Federation, earlier this year.

In addition, Harris, who made his Davis Cup debut for South Africa in 2016, and has since represented the country in 5 ties – winning 8 out of 10 matches, was unbeaten in the international team tennis competition this year, as South Africa won promotion to Europe/Africa Group One.

Tennis South Africa CEO, Richard Glover, lauded Harris for his progress and dedication: “Lloyd is a rising star of both SA and world tennis and we are very proud of his achievements. This recognition is testimony to both his talent and hard work, as well as the sacrifices that he, his family and his support team have made. On behalf of both tennis players and fans across South Africa, we wish to congratulate him on his nomination.”

“I am honoured and delighted to have received the news, here in Japan, which is the cherry on top of what has been a most successful year for me,” concluded Harris.


EVERGREEN PETRO KRUGER IMPRESSES AT SUPER SENIORS WORLD INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Pretoria, South Africa – Petro Kruger of Boland continues to make big impression on the international seniors tennis circuit. In the women’s +70 at the recently played Super Seniors World Individual Championships at Orlando, Florida, USA - Kruger reached the singles and doubles semi-final, and won the mixed doubles title.

72-year-old Kruger, seeded four in the singles lost in the last four of the tournament to second seed, Sylvie Galfard-Kirsten of France, 4-6 2-6. Kruger then teamed up American partner, Susan Kimball to reach the doubles semi-final. Second seeds Kruger/Kimball lost to the American duo, and third seeds, Brenda Carter and Betty Wachob 6-7(3) 3-6.

However, in the mixed doubles, Kruger and her partner, Petr Kolacek of Switzerland clinched the title, beating Australians, Carol Campling and Alan Gooch easily 6-3 6-0 in the final.

South Africa’s number one singles and doubles ranked player (in her age group), is ranked 14(singles) and 6(doubles) in the world seniors rankings


ANDERSON AND KLAASEN NOMINATED FOR 2017 ATP WORLD TOUR AWARDS

Pretoria, South Africa – South African tennis stars, Kevin Anderson and Raven Klaasen have received nominations in this year’s ATP World Tour Awards - presented by Moët & Chandon.

Raven Klaasen

Photo credit: Reg Caldecott

Kevin Anderson

Photo credit: ATP World Tour

The candidates for the awards are the Top 25 players in the Emirates ATP Race To London and Top 15 teams in the Emirates ATP Doubles Race To London - as of 11 September 2017.

Nominated in the singles category is world number 16, Kevin Anderson, who’s in 12th place for the Emirates ATP Race To London. 31-year-old Anderson made history this year when he reached his first Grand Slam final at the US Open, locking horns against world’s number one, Rafael Nadal. Anderson made appearances in two ATP quarter finals, one semi-final, and two finals (one of which was a grand slam). He also reached round of 16 at the Wimbledon Championship.

Meanwhile nominated in the doubles category, world number 19, Raven Klaasen, who celebrated his 35th birthday yesterday (Monday) – was also, together with his American partner Rajeev Ram, in good form this year. The pair made an impression in 2017, by making an appearance in five quarter final rounds of the ATP tournaments, two in the semi-finals, and four in the finals.

The tennis public can vote via: http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/news/atp-awards-2017-fans-favourite. Voting closes at 1.59am CAT on Tuesday, 7 November.


2017/18 JUNIOR NATIONAL SQUADS ANNOUNCED

Potchefstroom, South Africa – Tennis South Africa (TSA) announced their 2017/18 Junior National Squads at the players dinner of the Growthpoint Junior Masters in Potchefstroom on Saturday.

The squad will attend training camps over the next fourteen months around the country. The national teams will be selected from the players in these squads. The squads are as follows;

Boys
Under 12

  1. Luke Bosman
  2. Junior Chigariro
  3. Johan Coetzee
  4. Van Zyl Del Port
  5. Willem de Waal
  6. Jean du Toit
  7. Lian du Toit
  8. Stephan du Plooy
  9. Jordan Georgiev
  10. Pieter Kotze
  11. Heinrich Krugmann
  12. Johan Labuschange
  13. Leo Matthysen
  14. Dylan Morgan
  15. Anathi Nofotyo
  16. Divan Prinsloo
  17. Ben Scholtz
  18. Thando Tshili
  19. Boitshepo Maake
  20. Matthew Wilson

Under 14

  1. Devin Badenhorst
  2. John Coetzee
  3. Kyle Erwee
  4. Gerard Henning
  5. Cornel Liebenberg
  6. Imaad Lorgat
  7. Rohan Loubser
  8. Anro Nel
  9. Marnus Oosthuizen
  10. Stuart Van der Merwe

Under 16

  1. Luc Koenig
  2. Luan Krige
  3. Connor Kruger
  4. Kholo Montsi
  5. Damien Nezar
  6. Carl Roothman
  7. Andreas Scott
  8. Dylan Salton
  9. Daniel Wessels
  10. Mikaeel Woodman

Under 18

  1. Robbie Arends
  2. Philip Henning
  3. Joubert Klopper
  4. Justin Liebenberg
  5. Thando Longwe-Smit
  6. Pierre Malan
  7. Charl Morgan
  8. Victor Putter
  9. Gergardt Swart
  10. Christiaan Worst

Girls
Under 12

  1. Anja Bezuidenhout
  2. Ashton Cason
  3. DanielleChapman
  4. Luise Janse Van Rensburg
  5. Celina Joseph
  6. Carli Kruger
  7. Donna Le Roux
  8. Owethu Makhanya
  9. Hanmare McAslin
  10. Chante Mulder
  11. Emma Olsen
  12. Kaitlyn Rumduth
  13. Korona Rugara
  14. Nina Schimper
  15. Jani Steyn
  16. Alma Van Schalkwyk
  17. Corne Van Schalkwyk
  18. Rune Van Wyk
  19. Mari-Louse Van Zyl
  20. Amlia Van Zyl
  21. Rebecca Widan
  22. Nobuhle Zungu

Under 14

  1. Carle Botha
  2. Gabriella Broadfoot
  3. Nadia Gouws
  4. Line Greyling
  5. Onke Heyns
  6. Heike Janse Van Vuuren
  7. Naledi Manyube
  8. Lilitha Ndungane
  9. Suzanie Pretorius
  10. Janke Viljoen

Under 16

  1. Kelly Arends
  2. Megan Basson
  3. Delien Kleinhans
  4. Christine Kruger
  5. Makayla Loubser
  6. Jessica Portwig
  7. Arista Siebrits
  8. Lara Van der Merwe
  9. Mienke Viljoen
  10. Ntokozo Zungu

Under 18

  1. Kaylin Bouwer
  2. Marne Dercksen
  3. Maja Gledic
  4. Tamsin Hart
  5. Neo Mafuyeka
  6. Lize-Alet Morkel
  7. Lungile Ntuli
  8. Myah Petchey
  9. Linge Steenkamp
  10. Bianca Wolmarans

TOP DISPLAY OF TENNIS AT INAUGURAL GROWTHPOINT JUNIOR MASTERS

• Tennis development given a major boost in Potchefstroom

Potchefstroom, South Africa – The future of South African tennis looks promising after a top display of tennis was on show at the inagural Growthpoint Junior Masters which ended at the Riaan Venter Tennis Academy on the NWU-PUKKE camps in Potchefstroom on Sunday.

The 2017 Growthpoint Junior Masters champions, from left; Anna Wise/girls’ under 12 (Kwa Zulu-Natal), Kelly Arends/girls’ under 16 (Western Province), Jordan Georgiev/boys’ under 12 (Gauteng Central), Carl Roothman/boys’ under 14 (Boland).


The 2017 Growthpoint Junior Masters champions, from left; Kholo Montsi/boys’ under 26 (Pretoria), Delien Kleinhans/girls’ under 16 (Free State), Philip Henning/boys’ under 18 (Bloemfontein), Lize-Alet Morkel/girls’ under 18 (Boland).

Photo credit: BLD Communications


There was also a boost for tennis transformation when Kholo Montsi of Pretoria and Kelly Arends of Cape Town won their respective titles in the under 16 and under 14 age groups.

Fourth seeded Montsi needed two sets to beat Robbie Arendse of Western Province, 6-2 6-4 in his under 16 final whilst Robbie’s younger sister Kelly lost only two games in trouncing Christine Kruger of Free State 6-1 6-1 in her under 14 final. Kelly was in fine form having not lost a set throughout the tournament.

Boland’s Carl Roothman, the boys under 14 fourth seed upset top seed Devan Badenhorst of Gauteng North 6-0 7-5 in his final.

Delien Kleinhans of Free State made an impressive comeback to tournament play after a string of injuries when she shocked top seeded Myah Petchey of Western Province 6-1 6-1 in the under 16 girls final.

The under 18 boys singles went to the inform Phillip Henning of Free State. Tournament favourite Henning was too strong for Siphos Montsi of Gauteng North winning 6-3 6-2. This is the eighth tournament on the trot that the 17-year-old Henning has won. Henning captured six back-to-back international junior titles, the South African Junior Nationals and this weekend’s Masters title.

The girls under 18 final went to Lize-Alet Morkel who needed three sets to beat Megan Lombardi 6-1 6-7 (5) 6-1 in the all Boland final.

The boys and girls under 12 titles were won by Jordan Georgiev of Gauteng Central and Mikayla Faure of Gauteng North respectively.


DUNLOP SPORT PARTNER WITH TENNIS SOUTH AFRICA TO BOOST TENNIS DEVELOPMENT

Pretoria, South Africa – Tennis South Africa (TSA) has unveiled an exciting new partnership with Brand ID Ignite, the South African licensee and distributor of Dunlop tennis balls, that will see Dunlop become a key sponsor for selected TSA tournaments, junior national squad training camps and the new TSA Growthpoint Development Centres.

Dunlop Sport, though their company, Brand ID, have partnered with Tennis South Africa in selected number of national tournaments in the country. Pictured, is the venue for this week’s Growthpoint Junior Masters to be played at the Riaan Venter Tennis Academy on the University of NWP-PUKKE Campus in Potchefstroom.

Photo credit: Tennis South Africa


The two-year partnership, that commences with immediate effect, will see Dunlop become the official ball sponsor for the following TSA events and projects:

• All Growthpoint Junior events (including Masters and Nationals).
• The new Growthpoint Top Guns national club event.
• Senior (Veterans) nationals.
• Junior National Squad training camps: 3-4 per year.
TSA Growthpoint Development Centres: Launching from late October onwards.

The sponsorship is the result of a tender that TSA ran earlier this year, in which local tennis ball suppliers, with ITF approved tennis balls, were invited to tender for the partnership.

Richard Glover, CEO of TSA said: “This is another exciting partnership for TSA that will help us deliver on our ambitious growth plan for tennis. We were impressed with the commercial terms offered by Brand ID, but were equally impressed with their vision for investing and growing our sport in South Africa - across juniors, clubs and the critical transformation and development space.”

Jon Haughton, Dunlop Brand Manager said that Dunlop, one of the leading tennis brands not only in South Africa but globally were committed to the development of the game, “Dunlop has a long history with tennis and takes pride in its quality and innovative products. The Dunlop ball is the leading tennis ball in the country and world, so it made perfect sense for Dunlop to partner with TSA with aim to create a top class junior tennis product in the country which would in turn assist TSA with their aims and objectives in developing the game and creating more Wayne Ferreira and Kevin Anderson prodigies, both of whom are proud Dunlop ambassadors.”


CREAM OF SOUTH AFRICAN JUNIOR TENNIS TO BATTLE FOR MASTERS HONOURS

Pretoria, South Africa – The cream of South African junior tennis will battle for Masters honours in Potchefstroom this coming weekend.

Myah Petchey

Philip Henning

Pierre Malan

Photo credit: Supplied


The Growthpoint Junior Masters will be played from Friday 13 October to Sunday 15 October at the Riaan Venter Tennis Academy on the University of NWP-PUKKE Campus.

The tournament will be for the top boys and girls according to the national Tennis South Africa (TSA) rankings in the under 12, 14, 16 and 18 age groups. In the under 12 and 14 age groups, there will be 12 direct acceptances, with 4 TSA invitational spots. In the under 16 and 18 age groups, there will be 6 direct acceptances, with 2 TSA invitational spots.

The singles only event will be played on a round-robin basis for Friday and Saturday morning, with the semi-finals on Saturday afternoon and finals on Sunday morning.

All eyes will be on top seed in the boys’ under 18, Philip Henning of Bloemfontein. The 16-year-old is one of the brightest prospects in South African tennis and is the reigning 2017 TSA Junior Nationals champion. The Grey College learner recently won back-to-back Curro Junior ITF tournaments in Stellenbosch.

In the girls’ under 18, tournament favourite is Gauteng Central’s Maja Gledic who reached the TSA Junior Nationals finals earlier this year. Gledic, won The Wanderers Junior ITF in July this year.

Favoured in the girls’ under 16 is Myah Petchey of Western Province. Petchey won her first ITF title at the same venue as the Growthpoint Junior Masters earlier this year, so Potchefstroom is a happy hunting ground for the Capetonian. In the same age group, boys’ top seed is ITF/CAT African Junior Champion, Pierre Malan, also of Western Province.

The full list of players who have qualified are as follows;

Boys
Under 12
Group 1
1-Jordan Georgiev (GC)
Cornel Liebenberg (FS)
Caleb Fyvie (KZN)
Drikus De Jager (EDEN)

Group 2
2-John Coetzee (BOL)
Joshua Kleynhans (BOR)
Brandon Rieseberg (EP)
Joshua Tromp (GC)

Group 3
3-Kyle Erwee (GN)
Connor Doig (GC)
Jake Downie (BOL)
Leo Matthysen (WP)

Group 4
4-Guy Vorwerk (KZN)
Imaad Lorgat (WP)
Jandre Viljoen (GN)
Franswillem Van der Merwe (BOL)

Group 14
Box 1
1-Devin Badenhorst (GN)
Alexander Edley (KZN)
Marnus Oosthuizen (EDEN)
Gerard Henning (FS)

Group 2
2-Connor Kruger (GN)
Daniel Wessels (EDEN)
Anro Nel (BOL)
Mikaeel Woodman (WP)

Group 3
3-Andreas Scott (GC)
Luc Koenig (KZN)
James Edley (KZN)
Rohan Loubser (WP)

Group 4
4-Carl Roothman (BOL)
Stephan Viljoen (NC)
William Zulch (BOL)
Jordan Gancho (GN)

Under 16
Group 1
1-Pierre Malan (WP)
Joubert Klopper (FS)
Kade Mindry (KZN)
Robbie Arends (WP)

Group 2
2-Charl Morgan (GC)
Kholo Montsi (GN)
Victor Putter (GN)
Alec Beckley (GC)

Under 18
Group 1
1-Philip Henning (FS)
Gerhard Swart (GN)
Siphos Montsi (GN)
Marno Stander (WP)

Group 2
2-Christiaan Worst (GN)
Justin Liebenberg (GC)
Andre Snyman (GN)
Ryan Little (BOR)

Girls
Under 12
Group 1
1-Carle Botha (GN)
Hailey Troup (WP)
Korona Rugara (GC)
Leane Engelbrecht (EP)

Group 2
2-Nadia Gouws (GN)
Janke Viljoen (BOL)
Kaitlyn Ramduth (KZN)
Wilmien Voz (BOL)

Group 3
3-Anke Heyns (FS)
Anna Wise (KZN)
Leila Nel (EP)
Lilitha Ndungane (GC)

Group 4
4-Carli Kruger (FS)
Mikayla Faure (GN)
MariLouise Van Zyl (NWP)
Tayla Wilmot (GE)

Under 14
Group 1
1-Kelly Arends (WP)
Polia Gizdova (GC)
Cayline Le Grange (FS)
Lenka Steenkamp (BOL)

Group 2
2-Christine Kruger (FS)
Suzanie Pretorius (FS)
Anelma Grobler (BOL)
Sarah Millard (GC)

Group 3
3-Kylie Midorp (KZN)
Line Greyling (FS)
Mikayla Plitt (GE)
Naledi Manyube (EDEN)

Group 4
4-Mienke Viljoen (BOL)
Ine Lamprecht (GN)
Kristen Fichardt (FS)
Heike Janse Van Vuuren (EDEN)

Under 16
Group 1
1-Myah Petchey (WP)
Linge Steenkamp (FS)
Megan Basson (GC)
Ntokozo Zungu (GC)

Group 2
2-Delien Kleinhans (FS)
Marne Dercksen (FS)
Jessica Portwig (GC)
Bianca Wolmarans (WP)

Under 18
Group 1
1-Maja Gledic (GC)
Lize-Alet Morkel (BOL)
Megan Lombardi (BOL)
Samantha Muller (GC)

Group 2
2-Kaylin Bouwer (EP)
Angela Georgieva (GC)
Corin De Waal (BOL)
Alexis Tensfeldt (GC)

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