Wheelchair Tennis South Africa has once again continued its culture of developing youngsters following the three triumphant regional camps at Ellis Park Tennis Stadium in Johannesburg, Attredgeville in Pretoria and Newcastle in Kwa-Zulu Natal on the weekend. The camps which saw over 70 players take part provides the opportunity for wheelchair tennis players who aspire to play professionally and simply improve their game at any level. Led by a top-class coaching team, the camps combined mobility patterns, doubles, serves be stroke coaching. The camp is designed to both improve the level of play of the participants, and gives a glimpse into the future prospects of wheelchair tennis in the country.
Regional coach Walter Sekhukhununu who headed the camp that hosted 35 players in Attredgeville says the coaching camp focused primarily on tactics and advanced mobility drills and helped identify some star players: ‘The camp was very successful and it gave us an opportunity as coaches to see some of the promising players like Floyd Mashatula and Nditsheni Nemouvula from Filadelphia in Soshanguwe who shown a great deal in their performance. We are working very hard at the moment to develop the girls to close the gap and we have seen most of them show great efforts and very promising at the weekend camp. There was a very interesting competition among the players and that was the perfect way to end the weekend.’
Also in charge of Wheelchair Tennis South Africa development programmes, Patrick Selepe says: ‘It was great insight for coaches like us to see players compete. We hope that we can continue to bring the best out of our upcoming players through competition during the camps, development is our main focus and it’s the best culture.’
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