New Davis Cup venue for SA
SATA CEO Ian Smith (File)
Potchefstroom - New ground will be broken when the Euro/Africa Group 1 Davis Cup tie between South Africa and The Netherlands will be staged in Potchefstroom at the North West University's Puk Campus Sports Grounds.
The tie will take place from Friday July 8 until Sunday July 10.
The Potchefstroom Campus hosted Soccer World Cup champions Spain during last year's tournament and boasts first-class sporting facilities.
Recently, two International Junior tournaments were hosted in Potchefstroom at the Riaan Venter Tennis Academy which is based on the NWU Puk Campus.
It was due to the success of both tournaments that the South African Tennis Association (SATA) have decided to take this event to the same venue.
"The reason this venue has been chosen is to bring international tennis to smaller places in South Africa and at the same time adhere to the players' wishes to play at altitude," explained SATA chief executive Ian Smith.
"Potchefstroom has been very good to tennis and the NWU Puk has always given great support."
Director of Sport at the NWU Puk, James Stoffberg, said they were anticipating a superb event. "We have already proved that we are up to the task in hosting international events and we know the players will be well catered for. It is also exciting for us to stage an international tennis event at the NWU Puk. "
South Africa and The Netherlands have until Tuesday 28 June according to the Davis Cup and ITF rules to make their team nominations.