In this file photo, U12 contender Madrie le Roux on the way to beating Ilze Hattingh for the chance to contest the 2007 NJT International Masters. Photo: Reg Caldecott

The South African Tennis Association has named a top field of junior players to compete in the Nike Junior Tour Masters this week in Stellenbosch, from the 20th to the 23rd of October, at the Kainos Tennis Academy, University of Stellenbosch.

In this file photo, Kaylea Sher on her way to beating Sarah-Maria Richter (Germany) in the second round of the 2007 Nike Junior Tour International Masters, in Torino, Italy. Photo: Reg CaldecottThe Nike Junior Tour, the world’s most prestigious and biggest junior tennis initiative is played by over 64 000 players from 31 countries around the world. The Nike Junior Tour has been played in South Africa since 1998.

The winners of the Stellenbosch showdown will represent South Africa at the Nike Junior Tour International Masters to be played at Club Med, Sandpiper Bay in Florida, USA in December.

Catering for the Under 12 and Under 14 players, the Nike Junior Tour Masters has six direct acceptances with four wild cards in each age group.

The ten players in each age group are drawn into two groups of five players who play a round robin over three days in each respective group. The top two players in each group then progress to the semi-finals and finals.

The draw for the tournament will be announced Tuesday 18 October 2011.


The Girls Players for the Nike Junior Tour Masters in Stellenbosch:


Under 12 Girls:

Lee Barnard (NW)
Zani Barnard (NW)
Ciney Bekker (SWD)
Mila Hartig (GN)
Maxine Bateman (KZN)
Alexis Tensfeldt (GC)
Wild Cards:
Kirsty Orton (WP)
Margo Landmann (FS)
Zoe Kruger (GN)
Minette Van Vreden (BOL)


Under 14 Girls:

Katherine Poluta (WP)
Huibre-Mare Botes (FS)
Marsha-Ann Jansen van Rensburg (BOL)
Tayla Zurfluh (GE)
Rouxanne Janse van Rensburg (BOL)
Nadine de Villiers (GC)
Wild Cards:
Phillipa Liasides (KZN)
Tyra Timm (GC)
Kelsey Joffe (GC)
Louise-Mare Botes (FS)