Sixteen regional tennis clubs will converge at Sun City next week for the 2019 Growthpoint Top Guns National final
The topline club tournament is set for a sophomore edition at the famous North West province tourist attraction from Friday 22 to Monday, 25 February.
The leisure facility offers 11 world class hard outdoor surface courts – of which eight will be utilised for the tournament and with five equipped with floodlights.
There will be three practice facilities from the three courts that will not be used for matches – all of them with a back drop of the famous Pilanesburg mountain and with the famous Gary Player golf course siting nearby.
“For Sun City to host such a top class youth South African tennis event is an incredible honour and a feather in our cap as one of the top destinations in the country. I can proudly say that we have ticked all of the operational and logistics boxes ahead of the tournament,” said Tournament Coordinator, Pieter Hoeksma.
“We thank Growthpoint and Tennis South Africa for bringing this event to us when we, ourselves, have always looked at opportunities of how we can sustain tennis interest in the region and also take advantage of the world class facilities that we have here.
“I am a tennis fan, and wish I had an opportunity of coming through to Sun City when I was young, which is an opportunity that the future of South African talent has been offered when they come through next week.”
The tournament opening ceremony will be hosted at the South African Hall of Fame, a facility with rich history of the country’s sporting achievement, on the eve of the tournament.
“The history of South African sports that includes achievements of the likes of Gary Player and the Bafana Bafana team that won the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations rests here. This, we felt, was the perfect location to start off proceedings for our future stars and to also get to experience a critical piece of this country’s history that was officially launched three years ago,” concluded Hoeksma.
The Growthpoint Top Guns is a doubles team format with two men and two women making up a team. Winners earn R30 000 for their club, as well as a further R30 000 that is divided among the players. The losing finalists will take home R10 000 for their club, as well as a further R10 000 divided among the players.
These are the teams competing in the 2019 Growthpoint Top Guns National Club Tennis Tournament:
Buffalo City: Old Boys Tennis Club
Cape Town (Western Province): Camps Bay Tennis Club
Eden: George Tennis Club
Eastern Province: Cradock Tennis Club
Free State: Kovsies (University of Free State) Tennis Club
Gauteng Central: Marks Park Tennis Club (photo)
Gauteng East: Parkrand Tennis Club
Gauteng North: Elarduspark Tennis Club
KZN: Brighton Tennis Club
Limpopo: Aces – Polokwane Tennis Club
*Mpumalanga: Middelburg Tennis Club
North West: Klerksdorp Tennis Club
Northern Cape: Park Tennis Club
Winelands: Kuilsrivier Tennis Club
WILD CARD – Old Mutual Tennis Club
WILD CARD – Polokwane Sunday League Club.
*NOTE: Middelburg Tennis Club replaces Nelspruit Tennis Club
Credit: Tennis South Africa