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International tennis returns to SA with Futures Series

Tennis racket (Getty Images)
Tennis racket (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Stellenbosch University, which has become a popular venue for hosting international tennis is bracing itself for three weeks of top class tennis action, when the ITF Futures Series will be staged at the Maties Tennis Club from November 17 to December 9,  2018.

This is the fourth consecutive year of the ITF Futures Series - which sees three back to back $15 000 ITF Tournaments for men and women, giving players the opportunity to earn international ranking points in singles and doubles.

The Maties Tennis Club, part of the University of Stellenbosch, has been the host of the series since 2015, welcoming players from more than 20 countries, including: Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Mauritius, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Israel, Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Switzerland, Ukraine, Great Britain, Canada and the USA.

Tournament Director, Le Roux Conradie said "This is the 4th year these events are taking place in Stellenbosch. The Digicall Futures has really established itself as one of the best events at this level in the world and we look forward to 2018 being another successful series, providing the players with an unforgettable experience."  

Over the last four years the ITF Futures Series has seen some excellent performances from local players such as rising South African star Lloyd Harris, Davis Cup player Nik Scholtz and the country’s highest ranked world junior Phillip Henning. All three players recently represented South Africa in the Davis Cup.

In the women’s events South African Fed Cup star, Chanel Simmonds, has consistently played in every single final of each of the tournaments over the past 3 years - winning most of these too.

The dates for each of the 2018 Digicall Futures Series are as follows;

• Week 1 (Nov 17 - Nov 25)
• Week 2 (Nov 24 - Dec 2)
• Week 3 (Dec 1 - Dec 9)

There will be a qualifying event ahead of each tournament.

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