Kershaw Park courts full of activity

2008-09-25 00:00

THERE are two interesting tennis tournaments being played at Kershaw Park over the weekend.

Saturday, Sunday and Monday see the Jackson Sport Round Robin and Msunduzi Open filling the courts at the premier tennis venue in the midlands.

The Jackson Round Robin boasts an excellent entry of 139 children.

The Girls’ U8 has a small group and is wide open, in contrast to U10 where the favourite is Cheney Firman with Sam de Toit and Darshana Govender the dark horses.

Girls’ U12 has a large entry of 24 with Tessa van der Merwe the favourite, while those likely to test her are Melissa Driemeyer, Jahnara Pillay and Zandi Powell.

In a quality U14 field are promising St Anne’s schoolgirls, Sherry King and Steph McDonald.

The U17 is wide open with Claire Marchant of GHS tipped to make the final.

The U8 boys involves first timers, which makes for unpredictable results. A large entry of 20 in the U10s sees Matthew Kiln the favorite but the outcome is by no means clear-cut. On past performance Dylan Jacklin stands out among the U12s, but Bjorn Klipp and Daniel Spies from Dalton may spring a surprise.

A quality entry of 11 makes the Boys’ U14 an interesting event with Ben Philpot favoured and Makabongwe Mthiyane a big danger. An interesting entry in the U17 boys should see a close tussle, with Greg Ford the likely winner.

The Msunduzi Open men’s singles looks like it will develop into another tussle on Monday between KZN’s top two — Boyd Michau and Gareth Greenwood. Louis Botha from the Cape and Durbanite Cliffie Morrison could upset predictions.

The women’s singles is likely to end up a battle between KZN Midlands hockey captain Lyndal Robertson and Durban’s Thobe Molefe.

Everything points to some terrific local tennis with a number of exciting matches in the offing.

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