Primary Schools’ tennis tourney ends today

2009-05-10 00:00

THE SA Primary Schools’ national tennis tournament reaches its climax today when KwaZulu-Natal A meet Western Province A in the final from 8 am at Kershaw Park.

The KZN team were first to reach the final, while WP and North Gauteng battled it out under floodlights on Monday night to determine who would be the home province’s opponents in the title match.

Midlands Tennis Association president Hilary Greenwood urged local supporters to come out and cheer the KZN team on, as victory would be a triumph not only for the players but also for tennis in the province as a whole.

The other 16 provincial teams will be playing off for the classification positions.

The three phases of round-robin matches, the cross-pool preliminary matches for positions nine to 18, the quarter-finals and semi-finals have been played over the past three days at courts around the KZN capital city.

The classification matches will determine the 2009 primary schools’ provincial rankings.

The teams, each made up of six girls and six boys, have seen their results collated over the three days, with each match consisting of six boys and six girls per provincial side meeting the other province’s 12 players in 12 singles matches, three boys’ and three girls’ doubles and six boys’ and six girls’ mixed doubles.

Each set won earns one point for the team. If the singles match is won in two straight sets, a bonus point is given. A straight sets win will earns three points.

Bonus points up to a maximum of five per development player are awarded to teams who are correctly composed, that is, with development players.

There are no penalties for teams picked solely on merit

Following today’s final, the presentation ceremony will take place at 2 pm at Kershaw Park, where gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the top three teams, while the final classification positions will also be announced.

In addition, the South African Primary Schools’ team will be named this afternoon, with a tour overseas in prospect at the end of the year.

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