Exciting news for young tennis players and congratulations to GC players Richard Thongoana and Angela Georgieva on their selection.
The Matchpoint Foundation is excited about the young tennis talent in the country and has decided to award 14 of the most promising young players in South Africa with a scholarship.
The Matchpoint Foundation was started by John-Laffnie de Jager 7 years back with the goal of helping young talent reach their full potential. Its biggest success story is that of Ilze Hattingh, the former African Junior Champion and world nr 49, who they assisted with coaching, traveling opportunities and access to various specialists. 2015 is Ilze’s 1st full year on the professional tour and she is already ranked just outside the top 600 in the world. She also represented South Africa this year at Fed Cup.
The scholarships for 2015 include two development camps and a 6-month program which includes physical training, mental conditioning, dietary guidance and the EyeGym program.
The boys selected are Richard Thongoana, Siphos Montsi, Jordan Sauer, Philip Henning, Joshua Howard-Tripp and Kholo Montsi. The girls selected are Margo Landmann, Mila Hartig, Corin de Waal, Linge Steenkamp, Carmen Fichardt, Christine Kruger, Angela Georgieva and Arista Siebrits.
The first camp will take place between 10 and 12 April 2015 in Pretoria. Former players Natalie Grandin, Michael de Jongh, Robbie Koenig and John-Laffnie de Jager will host the camp.
Specialists involved include Dr Sherylle Calder, Nicki de Villiers, Kirsty Elliott, Gielie Hoffmann and Lizanne Marais. Information sessions will also be held for the parents and coaches of the selected players.
The foundation is thankful for the endorsement from former players like Wayne Ferreira, Amanda Coetzer and Kevin Curren. The backing of corporate South Africa makes it possible for the foundation to initiate these scholarships.