TENNISGRAND SLAMHITS THE AFRICAN SOIL

Johannesburg, South Africa – The annual African Grand Slam, previously termed the Mahikeng Tennis Open, owned by the Tennis Lab SA has joined forces with Tennis South Africa (TSA) in an exciting tennis moment for South Africa.

The R20 000.00 prize money tournament has attracted 150 players from South Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Swaziland. For its large amount of entries, the tournament moves to the historic Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre, recently unveiled as the TSA Growthpoint Development Centre in Soweto. The tournament will be played over 5 days, from 27 April - 01 May 2018.

Players have to create a profile on the TSA online site (http://www.tennissa.co.za/) in order to qualify for the African Grand Slam tournament

Siyabulela Nkachela, Chief Executive Sports Engineer of Tennis Lab SA said, “The African Grand Slam is the melting pot of tennis talent and now in its 5th year, it is sure to continue growing from strength-to-strength. At the heart of the event are our people - who come from all walks of life. Their support has been unwavering and this is why this self-funded tournament has enjoyed success and longevity. We believe it will continue to thrive for years to come.”

TSA has sponsored the tournament with R20 000.00 prize money tennis balls.

Davis Cup players, Bruce Gama (Swaziland), Bayani Moilwa (Botswana), and Fed Cup player, Marieta Nhamitambo (Mozambique) have confirmed their entries for the tournament this long weekend. Zimbabwe’s former junior Davis Cup players, Tino Engelbert Alufeyo and Malcolm Mutangamiri have also confirmed their entries, as well as former Fed Cup player Nthabiseng Nqosa of Lesotho.

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WILSON R100 000 CHALLENGE A REAL WINNER!

Johannesburg, South Africa – Lleyton Cronje of Gauteng North and Jessica Kahts of Gauteng Central were crowned the 2018 Wilson R100 000 Challenge Champions on Sunday.

The tournament in its sixth year, is the richest national tournament on the Tennis South Africa (TSA) calendar.

In the junior under 14 tournament, Lwazi Ngwenya of Gauteng Central and Kagiso Ledwaba of Gauteng North won the boys and girls singles titles respectively

Cronje, who is a joint Growthpoint Junior National Under 18 boys’ singles champion (shared the title last month with Philip Henning of Free State due to the final being rained out), was stretched in his final on Sunday by Zimbabwe’s Mehluli Sibanda. Top seeded Cronje won a hard fought final battle with seventh seeded Sibanda, winning 4-6 6-4 6-2 in two and a half hours. For his efforts, Cronje pockets R20 000.00 which he will put towards his tennis travel expenses.

“I feel great to have won the tournament and obviously the cash as I leave soon for Europe - so the money will come in handy to pay expenses for the five week trip. It was the first time in seven attempts I beat Mehluli so the win was extra special. I felt I played well throughout the tournament, losing only one set in five matches” said Cronje.

In the women’s singles, Kahts of the Pirates Club in Johannesburg had a dream tournament. Unseeded, Kahts upset Joburg’s Neo Mafuyeka in the second round and then dropped only one set en route to the final. In the final, Kahts beat unseeded Samantha Muller 6-3 7-5 in their first ever meeting.

“I’m very excited to have won the title. This is the second tournament I have played in two and a half years since returning back to the country after completing my USA NCAA scholarship at Texas State University and it’s great to be on the winning podium again” said a clearly excited Kahts following victory.

In the boys under 14 singles, third seeded Ngwenya of Greenside High School in Johannesburg beat fourth seed, Benjamin Scott 6-2 6-4 to lift the title.

Third seeded Kagiso Ledwaba needed three sets to dispose of Tayla Wilmot, seeded eight of Gauteng East 6-7 (10) 6-2 6-3 in her under 14 girls final.

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CELEBRATIONS FOR SOUTH AFRICAN FED CUP TEAM!

Ulcinj, Montenegro – The South African Fed Cup team gained promotion to Europe/Africa Group 2 in 2019 when they ousted Malta 2-1 in Montenegro on Thursday.

Team South Africa with their medals after beating Malta 2-1 in the 2018 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Europe/Africa Zone Group 3 promotional tie between South Africa and Malta at the the Ulcinj Bellevue in Ulcinj, Montenegro on Thursday. Pictured from left are; Chanel Simmonds, Katie Poluta, Madrie Le Roux, Rene Plant (Captain), Minette Van Vreden, and Lungile Ntuli.

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Playing in the playoff promotional tie of the four day Europe/Africa Group 3 tournament at the Ulicinj Bellevue in Ulcinj, South Africa came from 0-1 down to beat a strong Malta side who had upset second seed Morocco to earn the playoff spot against South Africa.

In the opening singles rubber, Francesca Curmi of Malta was in sparkling form and dominated in her 6-1 6-0 win over South Africa’s Katie Poluta. In a rubber that lasted only 56 minutes, Curmi hit 55 winners to Poluta’s 23 and converted 7 of 11 break point opportunities which overall made the difference. Also, Curmi was serving well, especially on the first serve and 81% of first serve points were won by the Maltese number two.

With Malta leading the tie 1-0, the hopes of South Africans once again rested on the shoulders of Chanel Simmonds. Simmonds did not disappoint, the South African number one went out strong against the tricky Elaine Genovese.

Simmonds lost only one game in securing the opening set 6-1 and kept the pressure and momentum going in the second set breaking serve twice and racing to a 5-1 lead. But Genovese was not going to give up the fight. She broke back and held serve to trail Simmonds 3-5. The Maltese then made a remarkable comeback. She held serve in the ninth game and broke Simmonds serve a game later to level the set at 5-5. The set went into the tie-breaker at 6-6. Simmonds regrouped and got back into her groove dominating the breaker 7-1 finally giving her victory over the Malta number one 6-1 7-6 (7-1) in 1 hours 46 minutes to level the tie at 1-1.

So it was left to the doubles to decide the tie and promotion into Europe/Africa Group 2.

South African Captain, Rene Plant then called up Birthday girl, Madrie Le Roux, the team’s doubles specialist to partner with Simmonds to do duty for the country in the final and deciding rubber. On Wednesday, Le Roux and Simmonds clinched the tie in the deciding doubles rubber against the fancied Finland team so Plant was hoping her charges would deliver the same against Malta.

And deliver - the South African pair did. They went out firing, winning the rubber 6-1 6-1 in an impressive 49 minutes, giving South Africa the victory.

SA’s 2-1 win made Plant a very happy Captain afterwards, “Katie’s opponent played really well. Chanel dug deep and once again handled the pressure extremely well to win her singles. Madrie and Chanel then played an unbelievable two sets of doubles, where they totally dominated their opposition. Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!”

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WELCOME TO THE SA BEACH TENNIS REVOLUTION

Johannesburg, South Africa – 2018 is set to be the official year of beach tennis in South Africa. This comes after Tennis South Africa (TSA) officially launched the fun tennis format on Tuesday, with a host of exciting announcements.

Pictured here at the launch of the Beach Tennis South Africa held at the Pococks Indoor Beach in Fourways, Johannesburg on Tuesday are, from left;
Front – Iain Smith (Tennis South Africa), Bheki Khumalo (Siliq Sand), Michelle Price (Arnold Classic), Thabo Sebeya (Siliq Sand).
Back – Cornal Scheepers (Expo Centre Johannesburg), Craig Newman (Rand Show), Wayne Price (Arnold Classic).

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TSA has spent the last 12 months trialling beach tennis across the country and is stepping up its commitment to the format – including launching four new events in 2018 – specifically:

  1. The Rand Show TSA Beach Tennis Challenge – a mass participation doubles event, open to all - over the Easter weekend.
  2. Beach Tennis at the Arnold Classic Africa – the first ever ITF international prize money event in South Africa – in May.
  3. 2 x TSA Beach Tennis Classics – ITF international ranking events two and three – also in May.

The Rand Show TSA Beach Tennis Challenge has a unique hook – the winners of both the men’s and women’s sections will represent TSA, all expenses paid, at the ITF Beach Tennis World Championships, in Russia, in August 2018.

Meanwhile, TSA has also confirmed Vodacom as the official video streaming partner of beach tennis. The new partnership will see Vodacom broadcast selected beach tennis events on View +, a service on Vodacom Live. The first event streamed will be the Rand Show TSA Beach Tennis Challenge.

Beach Tennis is an approved International Tennis Federation (ITF) discipline and South Africa is one of 47 countries around the world where the sport is now being promoted and played. TSA believe that Beach Tennis is the “fun tennis” of the future, as it is a game that can be played by all ages and all playing abilities.

Richard Glover, CEO of TSA said: “Visit any beach in South African during the festive season and you will see a wide variety of people playing a simple form of beach tennis - with a paddle and ball. What this demonstrates is that beach tennis is fun, easy to play and appeals to all ages. It offers a simple and easy entry point into our sport and we think it is a dynamic platform from which to grow tennis in South Africa.”

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ADDITIONAL MEDIA QUOTES:

  • Jackie Nesbitt, ITF Executive Director, ITF Circuits

“We are delighted to welcome South Africa as an active member of the ITF Beach Tennis Tour. Tennis South Africa has approached the inclusion of Beach Tennis within its portfolio of activities in a measured and responsible manner, but its enthusiasm for the sport shines through. The proposed 2018 schedule includes both non-prize money tournaments for entry level players but also offers prize money tournaments to incentivise those keen to progress in the international rankings. The fact that we will see a South African team in this year’s ITF Beach World Team Championships is particularly exciting and certainly the ITF sees enormous scope for growth of Beach Tennis within the continent. We wish Tennis South Africa and its partners and players every success with the coming season and look forward to expanded activity in future years.”

  • Michelle Price, Shareholder, Arnold Classic Africa

“We are excited to have Tennis South Africa having a presence with Beach Tennis at the Arnold Classic Africa. The goal of Arnold Schwarzenegger with the Multi Sport Event is to expose new and smaller sports like Beach Tennis to South Africans motivating participation. We believe the ACA event is a perfect platform to develop Beach Tennis and help grow participation from a young age.”

  • Robyn Abrahams, Head of Sales at the Rand Show

“We’re delighted to be a part of the inaugural beach tennis tournament at the Rand Show this year. This will also be the very first beach tennis event in South Africa, and we are proud to be working with this pioneering team in ensuring that this is a continuous event in years to come at the Show.”

  • Ashraff Paruk, Managing Executive, Vodacom

Vodacom is proud announce their digital partnership in support of Beach Tennis in South Africa. As part of Vodacom’s 2020 vision, we aim to enhance the lives of our customers through an always-on digital experience in work, live and play. It is our passion as one of the top consumer brands, to enable and build a digital connected society. “Live streaming is the future of our industry and continues to gain prominence. It is a trend that businesses and marketers can’t ignore. Whether you use it for product demos, customer service, brand awareness or simply entertainment, live streaming is becoming the new norm.”


RAIN DAMPENS THE SPIRIT OF THE GROWTHPOINT JUNIOR TENNIS NATIONALS

Bloemfontein, South Africa – Heavy rains fell over the Free State capital of Bloemfontein on Monday - preventing the completion of the Growthpoint Junior Tennis Nationals.

Growthpoint Junior Nationals champion, Megan Basson of Gauteng Central with her winning trophy. Top seed, Basson, won the girls’ under 16 singles title at the Free State Tennis Stadium in Bloemfontein – beating 5th seed, Kelly Arends of Cape Town 6-2 6-0 in the final.

Growthpoint Junior Nationals boys’ under 18 singles champions, Philip Henning (left) of Bloemfontein and Lleyton Cronje of Pretoria with their joint winning trophy. Top seed, Henning lead Pretoria’s Lleyton Cronje 6-1 5-6 before being called off the court due to rain.

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Only six of the ten singles finals could be decided and the doubles event in each of the five age groups had to be cancelled.

Tennis South Africa (TSA) officials decided that the singles titles of the finals that could not be completed and would be shared by the finalists. The ranking points on offer would also be shared by the finalists.

In the boys under 18, top seeded Philip Henning despite not being able to complete his final against second seed, Lleyton Cronje of Pretoria made history. The Bloemfontein Grey College scholar (Henning) in his final year as a junior can boast 7 out of 8 junior national title wins in the eight years he has played the premier junior event. This equals the record set by Neville Godwin. Only Jeff Coetzee come close to Henning and Godwin having won 6 out of 7 national finals played.

Henning was leading Cronje 6-1 5-6 before rain cancelled play.

“It was a great match and I was feeling really good after the first set,” said Henning. “Lleyton is always a tough opponent and came back strong in the second set so it’s a real pity we could not finish the final but to have shared the trophy with a player of Lleyton’s class is a pleasure” continued the modest Henning. Henning thanked the large group of local supporters that had braved the cold and wet weather to come and support the tournament.

The Girls under 18 final was won by Lize-Alet Morkel of Boland. Morkel, seeded four needed less than an hour to upset second seed, Corin De Waal, also of Boland 6-1 6-1.

In the boys under 16, talented Damien Nezar of George lifted the trophy. The tournament favourite, Nezar, was never troubled in his final by Luc Koenig of KwaZulu-Natal, winning 6-1 6-1. It was a good week for Koenig - who seeded fifteen, and beat third seeded Nikolai Hensberg (Border) and eight seeded Alexander Edley (KwaZulu-Natal) en route to his first National final.

Top seed in the Girls under 16, Megan Basson won her age group title without losing a set all week. Basson of Johannesburg lost only two games in beating fifth seeded Kelly Arends of Cape Town 6-2 6-0 for the title.

The boys and girls under 14 singles titles had to be shared. Before the rain fell, in the boys singles, top seeded Devin Badenhorst of Gauteng North was leading fourth seeded Rohan Loubser of Western Province 7-5 5-5. In the girls singles, fourth seeded Suzanie Pretorius of Free State was a game away from title honours before the rain fell down. Pretorius led top seeded Leigh Van Zyl of Boland 6-2 5-4 when the players were called off court.

Fiesty, Jordan Georgiev of Boland was crowned under 12 boys’ singles winner. Top seed, Georgiev beat the rain and second seed, Guy Vorwerk of KwaZulu-Natal 6-2 6-0.

The girls under 12 title was shared between second seeded Jani Steyn of Boland and third seeded Mari-Louise Van Zyl on North West Province. Steyn was 6-3 2-1 when the heavens opened.

In the under 10 age group, Evan Swart of Eastern Province and Morgan Jordaan of Gauteng North won the boys and girls singles titles respectively.

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TENNIS COACHING WORKSHOP A GREAT SUCCESS

Bloemfontein, South Africa – 2017 ATP Coach of the year, Neville Godwin, was one of the star attractions at the recently completed Tennis South Africa (TSA) National Coaches Conference in Bloemfontein.

Neville Godwin, 2017 ATP Coach of the year addresses the tennis coaches at the inaugural National Coaches Conference hosted by TSA in Bloemfontein.


Cyril Genevois of France demonstrates physical conditioning exercises at the inaugural National Coaches Conference hosted by TSA in Bloemfontein.

Photo credit: BLD Communications


Godwin, of Johannesburg, who previously coached Kevin Anderson for four years and now guides South Korean Next Gen sensation, Hyeon Chung, was a guest presenter at the inaugural coaches event. He was joined at the conference by Cyril Genevois, an internationally renowned tennis physical conditioning expert.

Over 100 coaches from all corners of South Africa attended the two day conference, held during the Growthpoint Junior Nationals.

While in Bloemfontein, Godwin shared some of the coaching tips that helped him lift Anderson into the top 10 of the ATP singles rankings, as well as reach last year’s US Open final in New York.

“I enjoyed four good years with Kevin on the tour, and was glad to have helped him achieve what he has. He is an incredible player with so much talent and work ethic and I am sure we can expect some good things to come from him in the future” said Godwin.

Godwin said that his split with Anderson was an amicable one and Anderson needed a “new set of eyes” in his camp, “We are still good friends despite not working together. Kevin and I sat down together and we both decided that he should look at a fresh perspective and new set of eyes.”

For Godwin the wait to sign another player was not long, as ATP Next Gen winner, Chung approached Godwin, “What an honour it was being approached by Chung, one of the most exciting new players, on the tour to be his coach. I am looking forward to the challenge of taking Chung into the top 10 of the world” said Godwin.

Godwin said he was impressed with the turnout of coaches at the conference, “The good attendance at the conference is a good sign for the game. TSA need to be credited for the effort they are making to unite the coaches and assist them improve on their coaching skills, by holding these workshops. We need to focus hard on communication between coaches, communication between coaches and players, communication between coaches and parents and understanding this is a long term process, with a long road ahead. However by working together, I think we can achieve a lot. “

Genevois, who holds a PhD in Sports Science agreed with Godwin’s comments, “We have to work together as coaches and share knowledge with each other and not hold the knowledge back from each other.“

Genevois, who presently works with the Moroccan Tennis Federation also emphasised the importance of correct fitness conditioning for players over and above technical coaching, “Coaches have a responsibility to keep their players fitness levels at a high all the time, whether on tour, or during the off season. Correct and proper fitness instruction is important to the overall success of the player.”

A special guest at the conference was former South Africa Fed Cup player, Ilana Kloss, who is presently CEO of World Team Tennis. Kloss who won the US Open doubles title with countrywoman Linky Boshoff (1976) and in the same year was the world number 1 ranked woman’s doubles player and was a Junior Wimbledon singles winner (1972) and US Open junior winner (1974) gave praise to TSA for their focus on coaches.

“I was impressed by the amount of coaches that attended the workshops, but would like to see more women coaches involved.” Kloss also said that coaches played a vital part of the game, “It’s fantastic that TSA are giving coaches the attention they deserve. The new management and Board of TSA are definitely on the right track and by all divisions of the game working together in South Africa, including the coaches, the game is set for a bright future.”

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SEEDS ANNOUNCED FOR THE GROWTHPOINT JUNIOR NATIONALS

Bloemfontein, South Africa – The seeds for this week’s Growthpoint Junior Nationals tournament were announced by Tennis South Africa (TSA) today (Tuesday).

Philip Henning of Free State has been announced top seed in the boys’ under 18 section for this week’s Growthpoint Junior Nationals. The tournaments takes place from Wednesday, 04 April – with the finals scheduled for Monday, 09 April at the Free State Tennis Stadium.

Poto Credit: BLD Communications

Maja Gledic of Gauteng Central has been announced top seed in the girls’ under 18 section for this week’s Growthpoint Junior Nationals. The tournaments takes place from Wednesday, 04 April – with the finals scheduled for Monday, 09 April at the Free State Tennis Stadium.

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Megan Basson Gauteng Central has been announced top seed in the girls’ under 16 section for this week’s Growthpoint Junior Nationals. The tournaments takes place from Wednesday, 04 April – with the finals scheduled for Monday, 09 April at the Free State Tennis Stadium.
Photo credit: Eunice Visagie


This six day tournament is the highlight annual event on the South African junior tennis calendar. Over 700 players will battle for national title honors in four age groups namely the under 12, 14, 16 and 18 at various Bloemfontein tennis venues. The tournament will take place from Wednesday, 04 April – with the finals scheduled for Monday, 09 April at the Free State Tennis Stadium.

The seeds were announced as follows;

Boys
Under 12
1. Jordan Georgiev (GC)
2. Guy Vorwerk (KZN)
3. Leo Matthysen (WP)
4. Willem De Waal (BOL)
5. Connor Doig (KZN)
6. Pieter Kotze (BOL)
7. Ben Scholtz (FS)
8. Carl-Hanns Arndt (GN)
9. Boitshepo Maake (GE)
10. Wernich Rossouw (MP)
11. Gareth Igesund (WP)
12. Matthew Wilson (KZN)
13. Johan Labuschange (GN)
14. Johan Coetzee (EP)
15. Lian Du Toit (FS)
16. Luke Bosman (WP)

Under 14
1. Devin Badenhorst (GN)
2. Anro Nel (BOL)
3. Francois Van Wyk (GN)
4. Rohan Loubser (WP)
5. Stephan Claasen (WP)
6. Aleksandar Simovski (GC)
7. Gerard Henning (FS)
8. John Coetzee (BOL)
9. Joseph Townes (BOR)
10. Lwazi Ngwenya (GC)
11. Calum Jestin (KZN)
12. Ersnt Gouws (GN)
13. Marshall Hulett (KZN)
14. Sebastiano Sola (BOL)
15. Benjamin Scott (GC)
16. Andre Viljoen (BOL)

Under 16
1. Damien Nezar (EDEN)
2. Albert Kirsten (GC)
3. Nikolai Hensberg (BOR)
4. Conner Kruger (GN)
5. Sam McQuirk (BOR)
6. Stephan Paul Viljoen (NC)
7. William Zulch (BOL)
8. Alexander Edley (KZN)
9. Jonathann Coetzee (GN)
10. Luke Gedult (WP)
11. Luan Krige (BOL)
12. Daniel Wessels (EDEN)
13. Daniel Tam (EP)
14. Leander Petersen (EDEN)
15. Luc Koenig (KZN)
16. Hencho Du Plooy (MP)

Under 18
1. Philip Henning (FS)
2. Lleyton Cronje (GN)
3. Christiaan Worst (GN)
4. Gerhardt Becker (GN)
5. Gerhard Swart (GN)
6. Pierre Malan (WP)
7. Justin Liebenberg (GC)
8. Kade Mindry (KZN)
9. Joubert Klopper (FS)
10. Marno Stander (WP)
11. Robbie Arends (WP)
12. Liam Day (GE)
13. Andre Snyman (GN)
14. Wikus Robbertse (BOL)
15. Sebastian Buxman (GC)
16. Chrisjan Van Wyk (GN)

Girls
Under 12
1. Hanmare Mc Alsin (WP)
2. Jani Steyn (BOL)
3. MariLousie Van Zyl (NWP)
4. Kaitlyn Rumduth (KZN)
5. Korona Rugara (GC)
6. Celina Joseph (BOL)
7. Rebecca Widan (WP)
8. Nina Schimper (FS)
9. Ashtyn Cason (KZN)
10. Amelie Van Zyl (KZN)
11. Anja Bezuidenhout (EDEN)
12. Corne Van Schalkwyk (GC)
13. Luise Van Rensburg (FS)
14. Rune Van Wyk (GC)
15. Alexandra Uys (KZN)
16. Lara Ehlers (BOL)

Under 14
1. Leigh Van Zyl (BOL)
2. Chandre Boshoff (EDEN)
3. Line Greyling (FS)
4. Suzanie Pretorius (FS)
5. Naledi Manyube (EDEN)
6. Heike Janse Van Vuuren (EDEN)
7. Mikayla Plitt (GE)
8. Mikayla Faure (GN)
9. Carle Botha (GN)
10. Tyrah Cook (GE)
11. Nadia Gouws (GN)
12. Makhosazana Stewart (GC)
13. Kagiso Ledwaba (GN)
14. Marjuzel Venter (NC)
15. Carla Dannhauser (EDEN)
16. Anke Heyns (FS)

Under 16
1. Megan Basson (GC)
2. Maretha Burger (BOL)
3. Mieke Van Deventer (GC)
4. Jessica Portwig (GC)
5. Kelly Arends (WP)
6. Makayla Loubser (WP)
7. Alta Brink (BOL)
8. Inge Greyling (FS)
9. Christine Kruger (FS)
10. Mbali Langa (GC)
11. Ine Lamprecht (GN)
12. Gizelle Naude (FS)
13. Bernice Bezuidenhout (EDEN)
14. Anja De Beer (EP)
15. Mienke Viljoen (BOL)
16. Anique Engelbrecht (GC)

Under 18
1. Maja Gledic (GC)
2. Corin De Waal (BOL)
3. Marne Dercksen (FS)
4. Lize-Alet Morkel (BOL)
5. Bianca Wolmarans (WP)
6. Angela Georgieva (GC)
7. Linge Steenkamp (FS)
8. Samantha Muller (GC)
9. Megan Lombardi (BOL)
10. Tamsin Hart (GC)
11. Tyla Carter (KZN)
12. Danica Malan (GN)
13. Lungile Ntuli (WP)
14. Vanessa Chigariro (WP)
15. Dana Philips (BOR)
16. Nicole Donnelley (BOL)

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SOUTH AFRICAN BEACH TENNIS WINNERS OFF TO RUSSIA

Johannesburg, South Africa – The prize being played for was large and as a result the beach tennis competition at the Rand Show Challenge was fierce.

Tucker Vorster (left) and doubles partner, Ryan Brookshaw, both of Gauteng North, in action during the Rand Show Challenge, a beach tennis event presented by Tennis South Africa played at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec on Tuesday. Vorster and Brookshaw won the men’s section of the tournament, and will represent South Africa at the ITF Beach Tennis World Championships in Russia in May.

Bronwyn Davidson (left) and doubles partner Caitlyn Klaasen, both of Gauteng Central, in action during the Rand Show Challenge, a beach tennis event presented by Tennis South Africa played at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec on Tuesday. Davidson and Klaasen won the women’s section of the tournament, and will represent South Africa at the ITF Beach Tennis World Championships in Russia in May.

Photo credit: Tennis South Africa


The winners were fighting out on the specially created beach tennis court at the Rand Show in NASREC, south of Johannesburg, for the honour to represent South Africa at the upcoming ITF (International Tennis Federation) Beach Tennis World Championships in Russia.

This will be the first time the Rainbow Nation flag will fly at the World Championships to be played in Moscow.

The men’s winners, Tucker Vorster and Ryan Brookshaw of Gauteng North were unbeaten throughout the tournament earning them title honours. Second place overall went to Frans Ledwaba and Kylan Chetty also from Gauteng North.

South Africa’s Davis Cup player, Vorster said, “It’s really great to be representing my country at the World Champs. Beach tennis is so different in many ways to conventional tennis. You need a lot more finesse than power when you play and you need to have some ‘touch’ and ‘soft hands’ to set up the points which Ryan and I did that well.”

Ryan Brookshaw sent a big shout out to Tennis South Africa (TSA) needed to be made for hosting this event, “Beach tennis is a lot of fun and looks a promising future sport, and to all the sponsors that have partnered with TSA namely Rand Show, Vodacom, Topspin and Siliq Sand we as players can’t thank you enough for giving us this great opportunity. I’m so excited to be travelling to Moscow with Tucker and flying the SA flag high there.”

In the women’s event, Bronwyn Davidson and Caitlyn Klaasen took honours. The Johannesburg team finished ahead of Tamara Day and Lisa Van Der Riet, both of Pretoria, to take the title.

“What a win it was for us,” said Davidson. “Caitlyn and I met at the Bryanston Sports Club teamed up as a league doubles team and really get on well. We entered the Rand Show Challenge as it looked like a fun event to enter and never imagined we could win the overall prize.”

Davidson said that she felt that she and Klaasen’s good volleys and ‘touch’ gave them the advantage, “Beach Tennis is a game which needs a lot of skill and we managed to work on that well throughout the tournament” continued Davidson a former top junior and US College tennis player.

As a bonus, the winners of the Rand Show Challenge have been wild-carded into Tennis South Africa’s first international beach tennis event to be played in Sandton during the Arnold Classic in May.

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