International Junior Tennis Set For Gauteng

Two back to back international junior tennis tournaments will be played in Gauteng over the next two weeks.  The Wanderers Junior ITF will be played at The Wanderers Tennis Club in Illovo, Johannesburg from 21 to 26 July and this will be followed by the Gauteng North ITF to be played from 27 July to August 2 at the Groenkloof Tennis Stadium.  Junior tennis players from over 25 countries have jetted into South Africa to participate in both tournaments.

The singles main draws for the boys are a 48 draw and girls a 32 draw, the boys doubles main draws will be a 24 draw and the girls a 16 draw.  Gavin Crookes, President of Tennis South Africa (TSA) said that his Association warmly welcomed the international and local players to the country for the event, saying:  ‘A lot of preparation has gone into making these tournaments a great success and enjoyable experience for especially our international players.  TSA is delighted with the large international representation.  This indicates that the internationals are happy with our facilities and South Africa remains an attractive destination.’

There is no entry fee for spectators and play is scheduled to start each day at 09:00.  The seeds for the Wanderers Junior ITF are as follows:

1. Brandon Laubser (RSA)
2. Calvin Jordaan (RSA)
3. Timothy Dollman (RSA)
4. Luke Hammond (GBR)
5. Joshua Howard-Tripp (RSA)
6. Bertus Kruger (RSA)
7. Mehluli Sibanda (Zim)
8. Michael Copeland (RSA)

1. Zani Barnard (RSA)
2. Lee Barnard (RSA)
3. Rouxanne Janse Van Rensburg (RSA)
4. Louise-Mare Botes (RSA)
5. En Shuo Liang (TPE)
6. Nadine De Villiers (RSA)
7. Celestine Avomo Ella (Gab)
8. Huibre-Mare Botes (RSA)

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