Cape Town - While
champions were crowned and matches were won, it was a victorious day all-round
for South African tennis, as the BNP Paribas RCS Rising Star Tennis finals came
to a spectacular close at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre in Soweto on Sunday.
out in the finale of the three-day youth tennis festival, Kevin
Anderson edged out Lloyd Harris, snatching a 6-3, 3-6, 11-9 win in their
highly anticipated exhibition match.
was very exciting for me to be out here, playing in front of all these people
in Soweto, including my family who have supported me over the years," said
Anderson, the ambassador of the BNP Paribas RCS Rising Star Tennis initiative.
atmosphere out here was great and hopefully these kids will be inspired to
pursue their own endeavours in life. That is what's most important."
he narrowly lost to two-time Grand Slam finalist Anderson, international rising
star Harris was pleased to have been given the rare opportunity to play on home
was fantastic to be here, playing in Soweto. The people were amazing,"
was such an honour playing with Kevin and such a special occasion. I had a lot
of fun out there and I think we both tried to entertain the crowd, and we
played some good tennis.
hope we inspired a lot of kids here today. If we did that, I feel we definitely
got a win."
the BNP Paribas RCS Rising Star Tennis finals, the culmination of a seven-month
competition involving more than 360 schools across the country, Grey College
and Oranje Meisieskool emerged as champions in the boys' and girls' divisions,
College secured victory in the boys' division after taking a hard-fought win
over Durban Prep in the trophy battle.
in the semi-finals, Grey College had outclassed Midstream College and Durban
Prep had beaten Trinity House in the semi-finals.
Oranje Meisieskool beat De Hoop in the final of the girls' division.
eventual winners defeated Willem Postma to progress from the semi-finals, while
De Hoop had edged out Aliwal North.
excited about what we saw this weekend," said RCS CEO Regan Adams.
required several months of planning and to see it culminating in this proudly
South African tennis weekend, with this finale today and seeing the talent
these kids have, has been amazing."
the likes of Bafana Bafana midfielder Dean Furman turning out to watch, and the
Soweto Gospel Choir entertaining spectators, BNP Paribas South Africa Group CEO
Vikas Khandelwal was delighted with the outcome of the festival, which included
a successful development tennis clinic.
seen incredible talent on the court this week, and it has been great having
Kevin and Lloyd here," said Khandelwal.
think the kids of South Africa can really learn from these guys, who have gone
through a lot of struggles in order to inspire many people back home."