Cape Town - Talented young players will have a rare opportunity to learn from influential
role players in the global game when the third edition of the Spanish/South
African Tennis Camp is hosted by Prosat Tennis Academy in Pretoria this week.
The three-day development camp, which starts
on Friday at Curro Hazeldean primary school, will include 52 junior
tennis prospects who will hone their knowledge and skills both on and off the
The camp will feature Jorge Aguirre, a former coach of the Spanish junior
team who guided Alejandro Davidovich to the Wimbledon junior title in 2017, and
Chris Vermeeren, a partner at the Tennis Group Academy in Malaga and former global
director of tennis at Nike where he famously signed Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Maria
Aguirre and Vermeeren will share their insights on, among other key elements,
player development and structural changes in the sport through the various age
"I think this is a game changer," says Frans Cronje, director of
excellence at Curro Hazeldean.
"It has been a huge success before and we expect it to be a huge success
Aguirre and Vermeeren, meanwhile, will also assist in putting up clay courts at
Curro Hazeldean, which will give local players a chance to develop their game
on the slower surface.
During this week's camp, the visitors will offer some additional insight on how
to prepare and compete on clay courts.
"In South Africa we've mainly got hard courts," Cronje says.
"So hopefully this will help players prepare better for the clay court
season, which is something we really need."