Tennis South Africa (TSA) named its under-18 boys and girls team to participate in the upcoming African Junior Championships. The team members qualify based on their International Tennis Federation (ITF) combined junior world ranking and the top five ranked boys and girls get to go and represent the country. Teams from 25 countries will battle it out over five days in Tunis, Tunisia from 8 to 13 February 2016 in the boys and girls singles and doubles draws.
The team will depart South African on Thursday 28 January and participate in the Tunisia Junior ITF- Grade 2 tournament in Tunis as part of the preparation for the African Junior Championships. The South African team selected is as follows:
Boys: Damon Kesaris (KZN) , Calvin Jordaan (WP) , Bertus Kruger (GC), Richard Thongoana (GC) and Joshua Howard-Tripp (GE). Coach Stephan De Kock (WP).
Girls : Zani Barnard (GN), Lee Barnard (GN), Maxine Bateman (KZN), Nicole Petchey (WP) and Nadine de Villiers (GE). Coach Jason Smit (WP).
South Africa, while not top seeds in either boys and girls, will be well represented in the boys where all five players will be seeded. In the girls the twin Barnard sisters Lee and Zani will be seeded second and third. Leon Freimond, TSA Manager of High Performance says that the team named were a strong competent side that would represent the country proudly: ‘We have a good team representing us in Tunisia this year. The tournaments are vitally important for the players as their performance at the Championships will help the respective players with their ITF world rankings and if the players impress, they may well be selected to join ITF junior touring teams.’
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