International Club Africa Challenge in Benoni


International junior tennis will be staged this weekend at the Gauteng East Tennis Complex in Benoni Lake, Ekurhuleni.
The tournament will start today (Friday) and end on Sunday, 03 September and will be hosted by the International Club of South Africa.
The International Club of South Africa (IC SA) is part of a worldwide network of clubs from 40 countries. Members comprises of players and administrators who have represented their countries internationally.
Every alternate year sees a qualifying tournament held for top 16-year-old players on each of 6 continents. The Regional winners then compete the following year in the World Finals of the IC Junior Challenge in a selected location. The IC South Africa’s junior team has won the African Challenge on the last three occasions and has participated in the finals in Australia, Wimbledon and Monaco, with Tokyo being the venue for 2018.
The teams participating at the Benoni Lake leg of the International Club Africa Challenge are Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa.
The South African team comprises of;
Boys: Joubert Klopper, Robbie Arends
Girls: Linge Steenkamp, Ntokozo Zungu
South African invitational team;
Boys: Victor Putter, Thando Longwe-Smit
Coach: Terrey Schweitzer
A new venture for the International Club of South Africa this year will be a Rising Stars Challenge which will have six development projects from Gauteng, North West and Free State showcasing their respective strength and progress. It will be the first time that such players will be able to demonstrate their abilities in this competitive team environment and it will be a perfect opportunity to identify any potential talent which might have otherwise slipped through the cracks. This event will be played at the same time as The Junior Challenge Qualifiers in Benoni from 1 to 3 September.