Org raises SA tennis stars

2016-01-26 06:00
 Tennis champion Mats Wilander with Match tennis foundation players Leo Matthysen, Mikheel Woodman and Anthony Harris Academy players Josh Luck, Aaron Marks and Lulu Ntuli.

Tennis champion Mats Wilander with Match tennis foundation players Leo Matthysen, Mikheel Woodman and Anthony Harris Academy players Josh Luck, Aaron Marks and Lulu Ntuli.

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Tennis foundation Match launched its first charity fundraising event this weekend.

The unique pro-am tennis tournament looked to raise funds to develop a local tennis champion.

The fundraising event took place at Sea Point Tennis Club and the Glen Tennis Club, with teams made up of four players – one of which is a pro. The weekend culminated in a gala dinner and auction.

Started six months ago by Anthula Markovitz and the Anthony Harris Tennis Academy, the organisation has supported local talent in reaching the top 400 ranks in the ATP world tour, as well as the top 600 in the WTA tour.

It has also secured a seven-time Grand Slam winner, Mats Wilander, to spend a morning training the up-and-coming amateur talent.

Aimed at helping children from disadvantaged backgrounds get to access world-class tennis training, the organisation is currently ensuring training for two boys from Mitchell’s Plain. Leo (9) is seeded first in the u.10 group nationally and Mikheel (11) is fourth in u.12.

The foundation’s top player, Lloyd Harris (18), is currently ranked 368th in the world and was the highest mover in ranking positions on the ATP tour last year.

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