The Gauteng One-Day Wheelchair Tennis tournament will raise the bar this year with a record number of players, when the provincial league event returns to Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre in Jabavu, Soweto this Saturday, 6th April 2019.
The event this year will see over 60 players from 6 centres including Adelaide Thambo in Soweto, Kwa-Thema, Zola, Ithembelihle, Filadelphia and Mohlakeng.
The event is aimed at improving and increasing the level of play and knowledge of the most promising and upcoming tennis stars and to ensure entry into the forthcoming major international tournaments – Soweto Open Futures tournament in July and the SA Spring Open in September (ITF Grade II event).
The league tournament plays a vital role in aligning the organization’s programme structures to ensure continuity from provincial level to the national structures.
The event, sponsored by Grandslots Gauteng, will see some of the best local junior players in action at Arthur Ashe. Access is free for all spectators.
Some of the Province’s best talent who will be in the mix for honours at the event, includes Mohlakeng’s promising star Mpho Mhlongo, who represented South Africa at the 2018 Junior Masters in France. Other notable players include Mable Mankgele, Mirguel Masia and Ewald Lamprecht.
Wheelchair Tennis South Africa (WTSA)’s Development Managers Patrick Selepe will spearhead the tournament with assistance from regional tennis coaches.
“We continue to offer our players opportunities to compete to elevate their level of play. These events also help us identify talent, so we will continue to develop more players and build future stars. We want to remain amongst the best in the world”, commented Patrick Selepe.
“In order to achieve this, we must expose lot of our upcoming players to competition, otherwise, after a few years there will be a gap in the experience of the players. That means that young talents have to be nurtured, so that they can not only make the connection, but also take the next step,” said Selepe.