SA’s top tennis schools to play at Kearsney

2014-05-20 00:00

KEARSNEY College hosts the country’s top eight tennis schools for the 19th consecutive year at next weekend’s four-day invitation tournament from May 22 to 25.

KZN’s challenge is spearheaded by the hosts, Glenwood and Clifton College, up against the prowess of Paul Roos, Affies, Pretoria Boys’ High, Grey College (Bloemfontein) and St Stithians.

Tournament organiser Anthony Willows said that while the festival was based at Kearsney, matches would be played at Highbury and St Mary’s. The finals are at Kearsney on Sunday (May 25), from 7.45 am.

The tournament has become a highlight on the national schools calendar, with a high standard of tennis offered. St Stithians arrive having won the Paul Roos tournament in February this year, fending off Grey College, the hosts and Affies.

However, a look through the record books shows that Paul Roos have been the dominant SA tennis school in the past eight years and won the Kearsney event a record 10 times.

With sponsors on board, the tournament is set for another exhibition of high-class tennis, providing the ideal springboard for players wanting to further their careers.

Looking ahead to the mid-year holidays, 16 of Kearsney’s best tennis players tour England and Spain, where they will play matches against five schools and train at the Andres Gimeno Tennis Centre in Barcelona.

“There is a wealth of talented players in grades 9 and 10 who will benefit enormously from this experience,” said Willows.

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