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Four young stars head for Bahamas

South Africa’s best will travel to the Nike Junior Tour International Masters, following this weekend’s local masters at the Kainos Tennis Academy in Stellenbosch.

Wild cards, Ilze Hattingh of KwaZulu Natal and Philip Franken of Boland, dominated the Under-14 girls and boys age group, winning their respective titles without dropping a set throughout the tournament. On Sunday Hattingh upset top seed Theresa van Zyl (Gauteng North) 6-2 6-2, whilst Franken took out the fiery Trent Botha (Western Province) 6-4 6-1.

In the Under-12 age group, number one seed, Nadine de Villiers of Northcliff, Johannesburg, took title honours. De Villiers beat Zani Barnard (Northern Cape) 6-3 6-3. De Villiers won the first set with relative ease and then came back from a 1-3 deficit, winning five games in a row to take the match and the title.

In the Under-12 boys finals, Western Provinces Calvin Jordaan and KwaZulu-Natal’s Gavin Morris went up against each other for the second time in the tournament. Both players exchanged blows in the first set, taking it to a tie breaker, where Jordaan edged Morris 7-5. Jordaan went on to take the second set comfortably over his national champion opponent 6-2, to earn his place in the International Masters.

Franken, Hattingh, Jordaan and De Villiers will represent South Africa at the Nike Junior Tour International Masters from 9-14 December, which will be played at Club Med Columbus Isle, San Salvadore in the Bahamas.

The coach for the South African team was announced as Jason Smit from the Atlantic Tennis Academy in Cape Town.


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