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Former South African tennis star Amanda Coetzer and her alma mater, Oranje Meisieskool (OMS), will host the 13th Amanda Coetzer Challenge in Bloemfontein this month.

The Challenge comprising of a high school and primary school event forms part of Coetzer’s ÔÇ£Learn Tennis, Love TennisÔÇØ Foundation.┬á School girls from around the country hoping to emulate the exploits of one of South Africa’s most successful tennis players, Amanda Coetzer, will converge on the OMS courts in the Free State capital from Thursday 6 May to Saturday 8 May.

┬áThis tournament is Coetzer’s brainchild. ÔÇ£I am thrilled to be a part of this annual event that my old school hosts,ÔÇØ said Coetzer from her US base in Las Angeles. ÔÇ£I have always been a big fan of South Africa and even though as a professional most of my days were spent out the country my deepest desire is to see the successful development of tennis amongst South Africans, especially school girls.ÔÇØ

ÔÇ£Tennis is generally seen as an individual sport, but this event adds team spirit, which builds up lasting friendships ÔÇô important for any individual who hopes to get the most out of the game.ÔÇØ
Coetzer announced that Konika Minolta would be joining forces with her in sponsoring the event

ÔÇ£It’s good to know that sponsors like Konika Minolta are supporting the development of school tennis in South Africa.ÔÇØ

┬áIn 2002, as a demonstration of her firm commitment to tennis development in South Africa, Coetzer expanded the Challenge to host a primary schools’ tournament played on the same basis as the high school event. The primary school event will be played from Thursday 13 May to Saturday 15 May.

ÔÇ£This event is even more special because of the inclusion of the primary schools players.┬á Junior tennis players begin playing at the under 12 level, so to support this primary schools initiative can only assist the budding stars of tomorrow by giving them the rare opportunity of playing competitively in a team format, ÔÇ£ continued Coetzer.

Eight of the top girls’ high schools teams from around the country have been invited to compete in the high school challenge.┬á

The teams are: Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof, Stellenbosch Hoër Skool, Waterkloof Hoër Skool, Paarl Gimnasium, Afrikaans Hoër Meisie Skool, Hoërskool Menlo Park, Clarendon Girls High School and host school Hoër Meisieskool Oranje.

The Primary School teams participating will be: Laerskool Stellenbosch, Laerskool Eikestad, Laerskool Menlopark, Laerskool Paarl Gimnasium, defending champions Laerskool Wilgerivier and host school Oranje Meisieskool.

Co-sponsors for the event are official suppliers to Amanda Coetzer: Wilson, Nike and Powerade.

Article courtesy BLD Communications 


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