Tennis South Africa (TSA) has joined forces with international property giant, Growthpoint Properties, to give grassroots tennis in the country a welcome boost with the launch of an innovative new national club event – Growthpoint Top Guns.
The new national club event for men and women will be played in the 14 tennis regions of South Africa, with each region hosting a local event between September and November 2017. The winning club team from each of these local events will then qualify for the national final, to be played at a central venue, in February 2018.
Some more information about the tournament:
· The tournament will be a doubles team format with 2 men and 2 women making up a team and playing men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles.
· Over R200 000 in prize money will be up for grabs.
· Entry will be free for registered clubs who are in good standing with their respective provinces, as well as TSA
· In a boost for tennis transformation, two clubs from under-served communities will be given wild-cards directly into the tournament’s national final.
Richard Glover, CEO of Tennis South Africa, hailed the launch of the new event, as well as Growthpoint’s support for club tennis across the country: “Growthpoint are proving to be a fantastic supporter of our sport and Growthpoint Top Guns is the latest example. The new event will provide a welcome shot in the arm for club tennis in the country and will also see a number of new rule innovations to make matches short, sharp and exciting.”
Some of the new rule changes include – a free player substitution during the mixed doubles, a no let rule if the serve hits the net and falls into the correct service block and a no advantage rule which means that when the score reaches deuce a deciding point is played.
Application form for trials – Top Guns Entry Form
Please email your entry form to Wendy Addison at firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 November 2017