I was privileged and delighted to be at Ellis Park for the Bundes League matches being played once again at Ellis Park. The standard of tennis was exceptional with the best men and ladies in the province representing their clubs. I was able to catch up with Imaan Hassim and Juan Louis Van Antwerpen both talented young players from Gauteng Central who are playing college tennis in the United States but are still happy to represent their home clubs. I had it remarked to me by outside sources that they were highly impressed by the skill exhibited by the local players, a facet which was a revelation to them.
The tennis appeared to be thoroughly enjoyed by the players and spectators alike. It was enforced by the camaraderie enjoyed by all the players as opposed to competing at separate venues and socialising only with the players from the club they had played against. The single venue at Ellis Park, meant that the Gauteng Central Tennis Association was able to receive a sponsorship from Dunlop with a free supply of tennis balls plus prize money for the winners and runners up. The expense would have otherwise been considerable. The single venue also insured that Dunlop received publicity as the sponsors displaying their banners, a facility that would otherwise have not been available to them.
I would thoroughly recommend that if anyone wishes to see and to enjoy tennis of the highest quality they attend at Ellis Park on Saturday afternoons for the duration of the league over the next 4 weeks. Play is on Saturdays starting at 12h30.
Wendy Addison – GCTA Administrator
Bundes League results – Saturday 12 August:
Old Edwardians A 22 vs Randburg A 3
Wanderers A 7 vs Bedfordview A 19
Fairland A 4 vs Marks Park A 22
Bryanston Sports A 17 vs Rivonia A 0
Marks Park A 15 vs Boskruin A 2
Randburg A 0 vs Old Edwardians A 17
Photo credit: Marks Park Tennis Club