Former SA tennis boss dies

2014-05-13 17:00
Tennis ball (File)

Cape Town - Former South African tennis president Johann Barnard has passed away in Cape Town on Sunday, aged 86.

Barnard, who was recovering from an ankle injury sustained on April 8, suffered a stroke.

Born in Cape Town, Barnard was president of the SA Tennis Union (SATU) from 1986 to 1991.

Prior to his presidency, he served on the Satu council for ten years as president of Western Province Tennis.

During his tenure as president, he played a key role in the transformation of tennis in South Africa, working with the African National Congress in creating the unified tennis body Tennis SA.

Barnard was instrumental in securing the ATP World Tour End Year Doubles final for South Africa which was hosted in 1991 to 1993 at the Standard Bank Arena in Johannesburg.

Gavin Crookes, president of TSA paid tribute to Barnard, whom he called a "loyal servant of the game".

"TSA expresses its sincere condolences to Margie Barnard and the family on their sad loss," Crookes said in a statement.

"Johann was in charge of the game in our country during the transition period and will be remembered for his sterling job in negotiating a smooth and successful transition of the former Satu to the present TSA."

Barnard's funeral will take place on Tuesday May 20 at 14:30 at St Andrew's Church, Palmboom Road, Newlands, Cape Town.

Messages of sympathy can be sent to Apartment B3, Woodside Retirement Village, 21 Norton Way, Rondebosch 7700 Cape Town South Africa or emailed to

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to St Luke's Hospice.

Read more on:    cape town  |  tennis

Venus, Wozniacki into 3rd rd

2015-03-27 07:10


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs

Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.