Tennis South Africa (TSA) confirmed on Thursday that three consecutive weeks of international tennis will be played at Sun City in the North West Province during May and June this year.
The three back to back men’s and women’s tournaments will boast a total prize money purse of R650 000.00.
The tournament dates are as follows;
Week 1: Qualifying: 24/25 May – Main Draw: 26 to 31 May
Week 2: Qualifying: 31 May/1 June – Main Draw: 2 to 7 June
Week 3: Qualifying: 7/8 June – Main Draw: 9 to 13 June
Each week holds a $10,000 Men and $10, 000 Women’s event on the international tennis calendar, and players will earn world ranking points from the tournaments. Each week there will be a 64 qualifying draw, a 32 singles main draw and a 16 doubles main draw for both events.
Hardy Botha, Tournament Director from the series promoters; Egalite Promotions said that Sun City was the perfect venue to host the series. “Over the years, Sun City has played host to some top international tennis events including the award winning ATP SA Open in 1994, as well as the 2000, 2002 and 2003 Nike Junior Tour International Masters. The resort has everything the players need in one location. Coupled with good weather conditions, Sun City at that time of year has very scenic and beautiful surrounds. It promises to be a great three weeks of tennis.”
Gavin Crookes, Vice President of Tennis South Africa said that TSA believed that hosting Futures was the best way forward to develop local players for the international circuit. “The importance of our country hosting Futures events cannot be stressed enough. Futures are the entry level for aspiring professional players, and local hopefuls will have the opportunity of playing for important world ranking points in their own backyard at a fraction of the cost of playing abroad.”
Crookes also said that the level of tennis at Futures level was always impressive. “The Futures players are hungry to prove themselves and success at Sun City will help them enter into or improve their world rankings. Inevitably, as a result, the battles on court are fierce and give rise to some really world class tennis being played.”