Sharapova’s coach to host training camp for SA kids

2012-10-10 10:05

Tennis South Africa (TSA) has invited Maria Sharapova’s coach Thomas Högstedt to conduct coaching clinics in the country next month.

Högstedt, regarded as one of the best coaches in the world, will be the guest of TSA and industry giants Remgro, and will conduct a specialised training camp in Stellenbosch for Under-12 and Under-14 boys and girls from November 6 to 11.

TSA will invite 20 boys and girls to attend the camp.

Högstedt coached both Germany’s Tommy Haas and China’s Li Na with great success.

In 2010, he was appointed coach of four-time grand slam winner Maria Sharapova.

“I am looking forward to seeing and training some of the most talented boys and girls in South Africa and hopefully find the next Sharapova, Li Na or Wozniacki and a new Federer, Djokovic or Nadal,” said Högstedt.

“I’ve been coaching many star players from around the world but never from South Africa. So I can’t wait to start practising with them and maybe we can find South Africa’s next top 10 players to replace the likes of Amanda Coetzer and Wayne Ferreira.

“I am very thankful to TSA chief executive Ian Smith for giving me this chance. We have seen over the years that it is important to identify players with ability early in their careers so one can start to work with them as soon as possible.

“All too often they slip through the cracks and by the time one realises what has happened, it is all too late,” said Smith.

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