Polokwane to Host Rising Star Tennis National Finals Starting Friday

Welgemoed Primary girls will represent Western Cape at the national final of RCS #RisingStarTennis in Polokwane this weekend, after clinching victory in the Western Cape Provincial Finals. Photo: Tennis South Africa on Instagram

Following the rapid rise of Tennis in the region, the highly anticipated RCS Rising Star Tennis national finals will have an appropriate new home this season, with the three-day showpiece taking place at Polokwane Tennis Club in Limpopo between 27-29 October 2023.

Tennis South Africa (TSA) and the RCS Group, in partnership with the City of Polokwane Municipality, are excited to announce Polokwane as the new host city for the event, which is a significant milestone for tennis in the region.

“At RCS, we are thrilled to be a part of the inspirational work that Tennis South Africa is doing across the country and in Cape Town. We have always been a firm believer in the ability of sport to uplift and empower the youth of our country. We look forward to seeing the results of the upcoming matches, and the positive impact the tournament will have on the lives of our country’s talented youth.”

Regan Adams, CEO of RCS

The RCS Rising Star Tennis national finals will bring to a close the annual nationwide school championships development competition which this year included the participation of a combined 720 boys and girls’ schools primary school, and wheelchair tennis categories, across all nine provinces, of which over 40 per cent of participants are from previously disadvantaged communities.

“This series of matches further emphasises the programme’s commitment to creating opportunities for youth from diverse backgrounds,” says Tennis South Africa (TSA) President Gavin Crookes.

“The inclusion of wheelchair tennis in the programme provides a platform for everyone to engage in the sport, fostering a sense of community and equality by providing equal opportunities for both able-bodied and individuals living with disabilities to participate and excel in tennis.”

Tennis South Africa (TSA) President Gavin Crookes

In its fourth year, the 2023 edition of the RCS Rising Star Tennis was launched with the first round of district events in March and April 2023, with a strong focus on marketing to schools for Phase 2, in order to grow participation numbers.

Phase 2 saw district and provincial events across all nine provinces in South Africa, with Primary Schools and wheelchair tennis rounds of competition to determine national finalists, with the concluding Phase 3 scheduled for action in Polokwane, featuring primary schools and wheelchair tennis finals held concurrently to determine the this year’s tournament champions.

The grassroots development programme is dedicated to increasing youth participation in tennis, while promoting a sense of unity and enthusiasm among scholars.

This season’s RCS Rising Star Tennis national finals will be played between 27-29 October 2023 in Polokwane.


Photo Caption: Welgemoed Primary girls will represent Western Cape at the national final of RCS #RisingStarTennis in Polokwane this weekend, after clinching victory in the Western Cape Provincial Finals. Photo: Tennis South Africa on Instagram

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