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Jeff, Dustin help spot new talent

A group of young tennis players from disadvantaged areas will have the opportunity to meet some of their heroes during two coaching clinics to be staged next week. The SA Tennis Open begins at Montecasino in Johannesburg on Monday with the qualifying tournament taking place over the weekend.

The first coaching clinic, sponsored by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF), will take place on Monday 31 January in Soweto. At this stage South Africa’s Jeff Coetzee and Dustin Brown from Jamaica will be involved in the clinic and they will be joined by two other players. The clinic will be hosted at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre in Jabavu, Soweto, at 14:30.

The second clinic also will also be staged at Montecasino on the courts where the SA Open will be played on Thursday 3 February and once again four players involved in the SA Open will be in attendance. That clinic will start at 16:00 and youngsters from disadvantaged areas will be bused in by the NLDTF and SA Tennis.

ÔÇ£Development is the foundation stone on which we need to build the game of tennis in South Africa,ÔÇØ SA Tennis Association CEO Ian Smith. ÔÇ£We are committed to development and firmly believe that out there somewhere is a breathtaking talent just waiting to be unearthed. These clinics not only promote tennis but create a level of enjoyment that hopefully will motivate these youngsters to continue playing the game.ÔÇØ

ÔÇ£We are pleased to be able to support the development of tennis in areas where tennis was not necessarily played before. We are also pleased to have been able to play a role in the refurbishment and renovation of the Arthur Ashe tennis stadium in Jabavu. We hope to see more Arthur Ashes emerging as a result of the coaching clinics organised by SA Tennis AssociationÔÇØ, said Prof Alfred Nevhutanda, chairperson of the National Lotteries Board.


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