Coaching clinic a success

2012-06-15 00:00

SOUTH Africa’s number-one women’s tennis player Chanelle Scheepers and her coach, Pietermaritzburg-born Roger Anderson, gave a free coaching clinic for 40 promising young tennis players at Kershaw Park recently.

Scheepers, ranked 45th in the world — a considerable achievement on the highly competitive professional tennis circuit — also demonstrated some of the tennis drills she does with Anderson every day, which were appreciated by the likes of promising young schoolboys Nikki Manchev of Maritzburg College and Axel Cronje of St Charles.

Midlands Tennis Association president Hilary Greenwood predicts that Manchev and Cronje will be the best singles players in KwaZulu-Natal within two years.

There was also a question time, where many of the children asked very interesting questions, said Greenwood. “The clinic received a great response, and a number of keen young players came from as far as Durban and other locations,” said Greenwood. “It was a privilege to have Chani and Rodger at Kershaw, and huge credit to them that they were happy to conduct this clinic free of charge.”

Scheepers and Anderson also conducted a free clinic at Epworth.

In other tennis news, PMB Club Braaiketts’ men’s team won the KZN B Shield competition, beating Zululand in the final.

“Tennis at Kershaw and in the Midlands continues to improve with the KZN Midlands schools performing very well in KZN competitions,” said Greenwood.

The next tournament at Kershaw Park is the Sportsman’s Warehouse Tournament, which takes place on July 14 and July 15. The tournament is for junior and open players, while there will also be a veterans event.

For inquires on the tournament and any other tennis matters, ­contact Lorraine Godleman at 082 464t4035.

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