South Coast Open Tennis Tournament all set

2016-02-18 06:00
PHOTO: supplied The KZN Youth Development team.

PHOTO: supplied The KZN Youth Development team.

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IN keeping with the vision of growing tennis in KwaZulu-Natal, the inaugural South Coast Open Tennis Tournament 2016 is part of a developmental tennis journey that aims to expose the junior and adult tennis talent to the people of the greater South Coast region.

This is according to Leonard Morgas, KwaZulu-Natal Tennis Association president.

“Part of the plans include a tennis development clinic for the youth at one of the venues during the tournament,” said Morgas.

“This development clinic aims to identify new talent and ignite fresh interest in the sport,” he added.

Seeing the benefit for the community, using sport as a way to inculcate a culture of health and fitness with the added benefits of potential career opportunities, Ugu South Coast Tourism has committed funds and resources as the naming sponsor of the inaugural South Coast Open Tennis Tournament 2016.

Other sponsors include Dunlop Fort and the National Lottery Board, which is the overall sponsor of KZN Tennis Association and its development programme.

There will be about 100 players, comprised of 60 men and 40 women, participating. The tournament takes place from 19 to 21 March at the Umtentweni, Uvongo and Douglas Mitchell tennis courts. There will be up to 30 youth participating in the clinic, all under the age of 10.

A keen tennis player himself, Ugu South Coast Tourism’s CEO, Justin Mackrory, said sport and tourism go hand in hand.

“We are honoured to host this event and trust that players and spectators will be impressed by our offerings here on the greater South Coast. We would like to thank The KZN Tennis Association for considering our destination as the home for this inaugural event and look forward to seeing this event grow year on year,” he said. - Supplied.

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