SA to host ITF tennis events

2012-07-11 20:48

Johannesburg - A feast of junior tennis will be on display when Johannesburg and Pretoria host two International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior tennis tournaments.

The first of the back-to-back tournaments will start on Monday 16 July with the finals scheduled for Friday 20th at The Wanderers Tennis Club in Illovo, Johannesburg.

The second tournament will be played from July 23-27 at the Groenkloof Tennis Stadium in Pretoria.

Both tournaments form part of the ITF's Junior Circuit, with the Johannesburg event being a Grade 4 ranking tournament and the Pretoria event Grade 5.

Junior tennis players from 21 countries will participate in these two tournaments.

"A lot of preparation has gone into making both tournaments a great success and experience for especially our international players" said CEO of Tennis South Africa, Ian Smith.

"It is pleasing to see so many local and international players coming to compete.

"This shows that the internationals are happy with our facilities and are most likely to return in the future."

Players from Namibia, Burundi, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, India, Madagascar, Switzerland, Mauritius, Germany, Botswana, Italy, Cameroon, Egypt, Bulgaria, Ukraine, France, Slovakia, Pakistan, Turkey, Great Britain, Democratic Republic of Congo and Israel will be competing in both events.