Category Archives: Tennis

TENNIS: MAIDEN WINS FOR SA JUNIORS AT POTCHEFSTROOM INTERNATIONAL

Potchefstroom, South Africa – Two up and coming junior South African tennis stars scored maiden tournament wins in the ITF NWU-PUKKE 1 on finals day in Potchefstroom on Saturday. Christiaan Worst of Pretoria and Myah Petchey of Cape Town were first time winners on the international junior circuit when they won the boys and girls singles titles respectively. Worst, aged 16 and a pupil at Afrikaans Hoer Seunskool in Pretoria beat 10th seed Richardt Bierman also of South Africa 6-0 7-6 (5) in his final.…

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TOP INTERNATIONAL TENNIS EVENT FOR SOUTH AFRICA

Pretoria, South Africa – Tennis South Africa (TSA) confirmed on Wednesday that the International Tennis Federation (ITF) has awarded South Africa the rights to host the 2017 Young Seniors World Team and Individual Championships. The tournament will be hosted in the city of Cape Town from 19 March – 1 April. The ITF Young Seniors World Team Championships is the highest ranked event on the ITF Seniors Circuit for male and female players in the age categories of 35-45. The tournament took place for the…

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SA’s Unsung Superwoman of Wheelchair Tennis Recognized

Tuesday, 06 December 2016, Johannesburg, South Africa. – Wheelchair Tennis South Africa commends the federation’s General Manager, Karen Losch who was hugely honoured in Managung when crowned the Administrator of the year at the 11th SA Sports Awards Ceremony held on Sunday, 27 November at the Sand du Plessis Theatre in Bloemfontein. This prestigious award recognizes the major contribution that Losch has made to the long-term success of the association; in which she has played a vital role. Unknown to many, but Losch has been…

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Stars pay tribute to Hlatswayo on International Disability Day

Wheelchair tennis stars have paid tribute to former junior world number 2 Thando Hlatswayo on International Disability Day following her death at the age of 20. Hlatswayo passed away in the early hours of Tuesday just a few days after she suffered from Meningitis. Two-time Grand Slam Champion Lucas Sithole who was very close to Hlatswayo echoed the sentiment of many on his Facebook: “So so sad and shocked to hear of Thando Hlatswayo’s death. Can’t believe it and only 20. Thinking of her family,…

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Wheelchair Tennis Star Dies of Meningitis Age 20

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, Paulpietersburg, Kwazulu-Natal. – Thando Hlatshwayo, South African former world number 2 junior, has passed away at the age of 20. Hlatswayo, who hails from Paulpietersburg in Kwazulu-Natal, lost her battle against Meningitis early Tuesday morning after a very short illness, her family confirmed. Hlatswayo took up wheelchair tennis in 2009, played her first tournament in April 2010 in East London and just 2 years in the sport she represented the country in the ITF Junior Camp Mechelen in Belgium. The 20-year-old…

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MONTJANE ENDS YEAR IN STYLE

Tuesday, 29 November 2016, Prague, Czech Republic. – South African leading women’s wheelchair tennis ace Kgothatso Montjane put the finishing touch to the magnificent season by edging out her doubles partner Charlotte Famin from France 7-5 6-3 to win her first Prague Cup singles title, an International Tennis Federation (ITF) level 2 event which ended in Czech Republic on Sunday. Montjane demonstrated the talent and resilience that had seen her without dropping a set in the tournament and making it a double in Prague. The…

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Lucas Sithole Withdraws from Wheelchair Tennis Masters

Monday, 28 November 2016, Johannesburg, South Africa. – Wheelchair Tennis South Africa announced on Monday that the two-time Grand Slam Champion Lucas Sithole has withdrawn from the season ending NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters in London, Great Britain. The tournament, due to take place from November 30 until December 4, will be staged at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the third year in a row. He was due to be the second seed in the six-player tournament behind American…

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Day 2 Results of the Digicall Futures 3

Day 2 results of the Digicall Futures 3 international tennis tournament being played at the University Of Stellenbosch, South Africa. All players South African unless otherwise stated. Round 1 Singles Men 1-Jordi Samper-Montana (ESP) bt Joshua Luck 6-1 6-4 Philip Henning bt Tyler Hochwalt (USA) 7-6(4) 6-2 6- Christoph Negritu (GER) bt Curtis Clarke (GBR) 6-1 6-1 Jay Clarke (GBR) bt Alexander Merino (PER) 6-1 6-4 Nicholas Bybel (USA) Lance-Pierre Du Toit 6-1 2-6 6-2 Frederik Press (GER) bt Calum Puttergill (AUS) 6-3 6-4 2-Lloyd…

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RED-HOT TENNIS ON SCORCHER OF DAY IN STELLENBOSCH

Stellenbosch, South Africa; It was a good day for South Africans at the Digicall Futures 3 tennis tournament in Stellenbosch. For a change the players welcomed the wind – actually slight breeze compared to the wind at last week’s tournament – because without it the sun would have been unbearable. Top seeded Chanel Simmonds from South Africa made sure she did not spend too much time in the heat on court. She beat Laura Deigman from Britain 6-1, 6-0 in 53 minutes. Her next match…

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Day 1 Results of the Digicall Futures 3

Day 1 results of the Digicall Futures 3 international tennis tournament being played at the University Of Stellenbosch, South Africa. All players South African unless otherwise stated Round 1 Singles Men Joshua Howard-Tripp bt Rikhardt Bierman 7-5 6-2 4-Nik Scholtz bt Altus Karsten 6-1 6-2 Thomas Setodji (FRA) bt Brandon Walkin (USA) 6-3 6-0 7-Dekel Bar (ISR) bt Sebastian Prechtel (GER) 7-5 6-1 Luca Margaroli (SUI) bt 5-Francesco Vilardo (ITA) 6(7)-7 6-1 6-1 3-Allesandro Bega (ITA) bt Collin Johns (USA) 6-0 7-6(4) 8-James Marsalek (GBR)…

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Harris and Simmonds Taking on New Opponents in Digicall Futures 1 Finals

Stellenbosch, South Africa –  Chanel Simmonds and Lloyd Harris will once again play in the final, but will come up against different opponents in the second of the three Digicall Futures tennis tournaments. Simmonds and Harris won the Digicall Futures 1 tournament last week. Tomorrow Simmonds, the top seeded woman, will come up against Russia’s Margarita Lazareva who beat German Julyette Maria Josephine to advance. This is after Simmonds demolished the fourth seed Lauren Embree from America 6-0, 6-3 in 1 hour and 19 minutes. …

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Seeds and Wildcards Announced for Digicall Futures 3

Stellenbosch, South Africa; The seeds and wild-cards were announced by Tennis South Africa on Monday ahead of the Digicall Futures 3 international tennis tournament which is being played at the Maties Tennis Club at the University Of Stellenbosch this week. South Africa’s Chanel Simmonds was named as top women’s seed for this week’s tournament with Zimbabwean Valeria Bhunu seeded to meet Simmonds in the final. Russian Margarita Lazareva and Germany’s Katharina Hering are seeded three and four respectively. Simmonds is the only South African seed…

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Klaasen and Ram Upset World Number 1 French Pair in London

London; South Africa’s Raven Klaasen and American Rajeev Ram caused an upset on Monday at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals when they defeated Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut both of France, who are vying to become the year-end No. 1 pair in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings. Klaasen and Ram won 7-5, 6-4 in 83 minutes in a Group Fleming/McEnroe round-robin encounter, which avenged their loss to Herbert and Mahut in this year’s final of the Miami Open presented by Itau. Had Herbert…

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Harris Destroys Spaniard

Stellenbosch, South Africa; Not even in his wildest dreams did Lloyd Harris thought he would win his fifth consecutive title in a final of 52 minutes. The 19-year-old South African beat the top-seeded Jordi Samper-Montana from Spain 6-0, 6-1 in the final of the Digicall Futures 2 tournament. The second-seeded Harris also won the first tournament in the series of three. The first set lasted barely 20 minutes. When Samper-Montana won the first game and a few points on Harris’ serve in the second set…

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Raven Klaasen Ready for London Showdown

London; Raven Klaasen is quietly confident ahead of arguably the biggest tennis week of his life. The South African doubles specialist together with American, Rajeev Ram qualified in 7th position for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals to be played in London this week. It will be a debutant appearance in London for Klaasen and Ram. The world’s top 8 singles players and doubles teams battle out in London at the iconic O2 Arena on the River Thames for year-end glory from 13-20 November.. “This…

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SA Tennis Juniors Named For International Squads

London,Great Britain – Four deserving South Africa junior tennis players have been named by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to be part of the ITF Grand Slam Development Fund Touring Team The team sponsored by the Grand Slam Development Fund, will tour East Africa in November and December this year. The South African junior players named are; Boys Carl Roothman (BOL) Kholo Montsi (GN) Girls Makyla Loubser (WC) Lara van der Merwe (NW) The team will participate in two Grade 5 rated tournaments and one…

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TOP SEEDS THROUGH TO SECOND ROUND OF DIGICALL FUTURES 2

It all went pretty much according to plan on the second day of the Digicall Futures 2 tennis tournament played in Stellenbosch. Top seeds Jordi Samper-Montana (Spain) and South Africa’s Chanel Simmonds both advanced to the second round of the tournament. Simmonds needed a mere 58 minutes to beat Senaida Kambel from Holland 6-0, 6-1. Simmonds won the first tournament in a series for three. “It is always difficult to play your first match after a good week so I’m happy with how it all…

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Hatting Showing Good Form in Stellenbosch

South African Ilze Hattingh continued her good run of form when she beat the sixth seed Jaeda Daniel from America in the first round of the Digicall Futures 2 tennis tournament played in Stellenbosch. It is the second tournament in a series of three international Futures events in Stellenbosch. All matches are played at the Coetzenburg courts of the Stellenbosch University. Hattingh reached the semi-final of the previous tournament and showed great fighting spirit to reach the second round by beating Daniel 6-4 6-3 in…

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South African World Tennis Rankings

Men Singles Previous             Current 58                     70 Kevin Anderson 288                   287 Lloyd Harris 451                   450 Nik Scholtz 524                   530 Tucker Vorster 1,223                     1,223 Dean O’Brien 1,346                     1,345 Damon Gooch 1,293                1,377 Keith-Patrick Crowley 1,383                1,387 Timothy Dollman 1,645                1,647 Taine Bernhard 1,754                1,764 Ruben Alberts   Doubles Previous              Current 15                     15 Raven Klaasen 174                   179 Dean O’Brien 213                   182 Ruan Roelofse 296                   281 Tucker Vorster 352                   350 Nik Scholtz 505                         503 lloyd Harris 454                   524 Keith-Patrick Crowley 906                   901 Damon Gooch 1,268                1,268…

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South African Tennis Juniors Off to Kenya

Pretoria, South Africa; Eight of the country’s top 14 and under junior tennis players have been invited by the Confederation of African Tennis (CAT) to tour Kenya this month. The juniors will participate in the year end CAT Junior 14 and under Masters to be held in Nairobi from 7-13 November. The juniors are; Boys Kholo Montsi (GN) Andrea Scott (GC) Carl Roothman (BOL) Kruger Connor (GN) Girls Makayla Loubser (WC) Lara Van Der Merwe (NW) Rochelle Pienaar (WP) Delien Kleinhans (FS) Tennis South Africa…

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Rising SA Tennis Star Lloyd Harris on a High

Rising South African tennis star, Lloyd Harris, jetted into his hometown, Cape Town on Tuesday morning on a high following a successful few weeks on the international circuit. The 19 year old, 6’4” right-handed, two-handed backhand has just completed a hat trick in Egypt winning three Futures singles titles in a row which has seen his singles world ranking this week rise to 308. Harris, who in May this year enjoyed a career high ranking of 303 is upbeat about ending the year in positive…

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South African World Tennis Rankings

Men Singles Previous             Current 48                     52 Kevin Anderson 343                   308 Lloyd Harris 456                   457 Nik Scholtz 487                   491 Tucker Vorster 1,176                1,177 Keith-Patrick Crowley 1,214                1,211 Dean O’Brien 1,342                1,341 Damon Gooch 1,373                1,376 Timothy Dollman 1,643                1,640 Taine Bernhard 1,752                1,753 Ruben Alberts Doubles Previous              Current 15                     15 Raven Klaasen 153                   171 Dean O’Brien 178                   199 Ruan Roelofse 283                   297 Tucker Vorster 366                   353 Nik Scholtz 417                   450 Keith-Patrick Crowley 577                   571 Lloyd Harris 896                   891 Damon Gooch 1,253                1,254 Rikus De Villiers 1,369…

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Results of the Annual TSA Series

Results of the annual TSA Junior Masters being played at the Strand, Boland. Round 3 Boys 12 and under 6-Anro Nel (BOL) bt 7-Marshall Hullet (KZN) 6-2 6-1 2-Gerard Henning (FS) bt Joshua Roberts (WP) 6-1 6-1 1-Yarona Morule (GAU) bt 3-Aleksandar Simovski (GAU) 6-2 6-1 5-Daniel Crowie (GAU) bt 4-Ernst Gouws (GAU) 7-6(4) 6-2 Stephen Claassen (WP) bt Calvin Crouse (GAU) 6-2 6-4 8-Benjami Scott bt Sebastiano Sola (BOL) 6-4 6-4 14 and under 1-Kholo Montsi (GAU) bt 5-Carl Roothman (BOL) 6-2 6-1 4-Damien…

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Final Results of the Annual TSA Masters

Finals Results of the annual TSA Junior Masters being played at the Strand, Boland. Finals Boys 12 and under 2-Gerard Henning (FS) bt 6-Anro Nel (BOL) 6-4 6-0 14 and under 1-Kholo Montsi (GAU) bt 4-Damien Nezar (Southern Province) 6-2 2-7 7-5 16 and under 1-Philip Henning (FS) bt 2-Justin Liebenberg (GAU) 6-1 6-0 18 and under 1-Bertus Kruger (GAU) bt 2-Joshua Howard-Tripp (GE) 7-5 6-1 Girls 12 and under 3-Leigh Van Zyl (BOL) bt 6-Naledi Manyube (Southern Province) 5-7 7-5 6-4 14 and under…

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