Team SA best in the continent


Hosts South Africa capped a historic tournament by winning the 18 & Under African Junior Championships Nations trophy when the continental tournament ended at TuksTennis at University of Pretoria on Sunday.

South Africa finished in top position with an overall 635 points in the nation rankings with Morocco in second place with 490 points and Egypt in third position.

The result follows the country’s teen sensation Kholo Montsi who gave the home fans plenty to cheer about on Friday when he claimed the boys singles title.

The 17-year-old Montsi eliminated his mate and Australian Open doubles partner Eliakim Coulibaly from Ivory Coast 6-4 6-1 to be crowned the African Junior Champion.

Montsi went on to clinch the boy’s doubles title with countryman Carl Roothman against compatriots Devin Badenhorst and Mikaeel Woodman. The top seeded pair defeated Badenhorst and Woodman 6-2 6-3 to claim the doubles title.

In the girls’ event, the country’s top ranked juniors Maretha Burger and Isabella Weatherhead were eliminated in the singles quarter-final round by Egyptian players Hania Abouelsaad and Yasmin Ezzat respectively.

Weatherhead and Delien Kleinhans reached the girls doubles semi-finals after going down to Moroccan top seeds Sara Akid and Yasmine Kabbaj.

“It’s really great hosting the 18 & Under African Junior Championships here at home for the first time in over 9 years. It’s been a great week of high-level tennis here at TuksTennis and it was really amazing seeing one of our own Kholo Montsi winning the boys title and winning the nations trophy was a cream on top,” said Tennis South Africa (TSA) President Gavin Crookes.

“A big thank you to all participants, officials, TuksTennis for their continued partnership, CAT and ITF for the trusting us to host an event of this calibre and for the financial contribution and not forgetting Tennis South Africa team for making this possible,” added Crookes.
Credit: Tennis South Africa