Significant changes to selected upcoming TSA tournaments

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Tennis South Africa (TSA) announced several significant changes to the upcoming Growthpoint Super 8 and Junior National tournaments to be held in KwaZulu–Natal and Free State respectively in October in line with the national government level 2 regulations.

Most notably, the association has decided to cancel the qualifying rounds with draws to be reduced from 64 to 32 to adhere to the national government regulations and limit the spread of the coronavirus.

All events will be held under strict guidelines related to health and safety, social distancing and no spectators on-site.

Growthpoint Super 8 Free State & KZN events

Draw size for the Growthpoint Super 8 events will be reduced to 32 with NO Qualifying rounds.
The acceptance will be as follows:

28 Direct Acceptance based on the players combined ranking
4 TSA Invitational Spots
Players will be allowed to enter the event and those who don’t make the cut of 28 will be fully refunded their entry fees
Growthpoint Junior Nationals

Draw size for the Growthpoint Junior Nationals will be reduced to 32 with NO Qualifying rounds.
The acceptance will be as follows:

28 Direct Acceptance based on the players combined ranking
4 TSA Invitational Spots
Entry for Junior Nationals will be via Invitation only.
You must be in the top 28, or just above, should any of the top 28 not avail themselves of the invitation, in your own age group (Players will be sent invitation letters to confirm their participation)
Reasons why the October events are being held under these conditions

To adhere to the national government alert level 2 regulations to limit the number people to 50 per venue.
To adhere to the health and safety protocols and ensure minimum 1.5m social distancing.
School and University tennis courts including some clubs are unavailable and still do not allow visitors.
No spectators are allowed at a venue or precinct of any sports venue during a match under lockdown.
Source: Tennis South Africa