SA to host major tennis event

2012-03-02 12:13

South Africa will host yet another global tennis event.

The Dunlop International junior series will take place at the Potchefstroom campus of North West University from March 10 to 17.

The tournament is one of only five rated by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) as Grade A.

Established in 1947, the tournament has for years featured both boys and girls singles and doubles draws at both under-18 and under-19 age categories.

Tournament director Riaan Venter whose academy is based at the North West University’s Potchefstroom campus said: “Players from all over the world have started arriving in Potchefstroom and we have been pleasantly surprised at the quality of players who have entered.

The players include some of the best juniors in the world and the strong entries will contribute to top-class tennis being played over the two weeks.”

Following the Dunlop International junior series, will be the African Junior Championships at the same venue. The African Junior Championships is the continent’s premier junior tennis event and takes place from March 19 to 24.

Each ITF affiliated African country is allowed a maximum of five entries into the event, with players entered having to be ranked in the top 800.

The South African Tennis Association chief executive officer Ian Smith said: “It’s important that South Africa play host to this string of international junior tennis as it provides our juniors with a great opportunity to participate at home and earn all important world ranking points.

The future stars will be in action in Potchefstroom and I encourage tennis and sporting lovers to visit the tournaments and see the talent and terrific tennis on offer.”

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