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Future stars set to shine in Bloemfontein

The City of Bloemfontein is bracing itself for the highlight of the national junior tennis calendar, the Key Health South African Junior Tennis Championships.

An estimated 1000 junior players plus parents, coaches and supporters have converged on the Free State capital for the week-long tournament, starting on Thursday and continuing to Monday 10 October. The use of 92 courts at nine different venues throughout Bloemfontein makes the Key Health South African Junior Nationals the largest tennis tournament in the country.

An estimated R16 million will be injected into the Mangaung economy over the next week through accommodation, medical, restaurants and entertainment bookings.

CEO of the South African Tennis Association, Ian Smith said the tournament played a major part in the development of tennis in our country. ÔÇ£It’s important that our talented juniors from all corners of South Africa get together over one week to test their skills against one another. The competition is tough and challenging, but, what is also important is the social networking amongst the players of all cultures and races off court throughout the week.

“This prestigious tournament gives the South African tennis Association the chance to identify exceptional talent who can, hopefully, be groomed into future championsÔÇØ

Players will compete in age groups ranging from Under-12 to Under-18.

Top seeds in each category are (boys first):
Under-12: Lleyton Cronje (Gauteng North) and Alexis Tensfeldt (Gauteng Central)
Under-14: Brandon Laubser (Gauteng East) and Nadine de Villiers (Gauteng Central)
Under-16: Ryan Laubser (Gauteng East) and Lindsay Marie Faure (Gauteng Central)
Under-18: Warren Kuhn (Gauteng Central) and Lynn Kiro (Western Province)


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