South Africa will host the ITF/CAT African Junior 18 and under Closed Championships for both girls and boys at TuksTennis, University of Pretoria from 10th to 16th February 2020.
The event will comprise of Individual Competition from the 10th to 14th February, followed by a Teams’ Competition on 15th and 16th February 2020.
The tournament has attracted sixteen nations, namely Algeria, Benin, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Tunisia, Zimbabwe and hosts South Africa.
South Africa is represented by a rather strong contingent, which includes South African number 1 Maretha Burger, former Gauteng North Junior ITF champion Delien Kleinhans and the country’s number 1 on the ITF Junior rankings Lara van der Merwe.
Isabella Weatherhead, Kelly Arends and Mbali Langa will also form part of the team.
The African championship has been a passing venture for some of the country’s finest talent.
TSA High Performance Manager Andre de Beer said the players are training well ahead of the championships which gets underway next week Monday and is expected to climax on Sunday.
He said that the youngsters are prepared to put up a spirited performance, “The youngsters have been working very hard ahead of the event and we have no doubt they will perform their best. This is indeed an opportunity for the country’s tennis family to watch and support our future stars here at home”.
Photo 1 Caption: The South African team that will represent the country at the 2020 ITF/CAT African Junior 18 and under Closed Championships for both girls and boys at the TuksTennis, University of Pretoria from 10th to 16th February 2020. Photo: tennissa.co.za