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Youngsters in Oz action

A quartet of South African tennis youngsters will be in action Down Under in Australia this week, writes Mark Etheridge.

The occasion is the World Tennis Challenge in Memorial Drive, Adelaide as current and former stars are in action. Our youngsters will be in action in another category, that of International Club 16 and Under Junior Challenge players.

Heats were held in Europe, Australasia, North America and Africa, and two boys and two girls from the winning nation of each continent will compete in the finals in Adelaide this month. Our privileged four youngsters making the trip are Lynn Kiro, Ilze Hattingh, Matthew Rossouw and Theo Ferreira.

The four will be accompanied by coach Allan Karam and the round-robin competition begins on Tuesday and ends next Saturday.

This event is staged every two years and South Africa will be competing against the likes of Argentina, Germany, India, South Africa, Canada, Australia and possibly the United States.

Davis Cup star and former Australian Open chief executive Paul McNamee said the competition was a great opportunity for young players.┬áÔÇ£The essence was a sport of goodwill and friendship, not an elite tournament,ÔÇØ he said. ÔÇ£It’s a junior challenge to put something back into the sport.

After the International Challenge wraps up, the competitors will go to the Australian Open in Melbourne. ÔÇ£It is the culmination of a trip of a lifetime for many of these kids,ÔÇØ McNamee said.