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Wayne off to Europe

Our top junior player, Wayne Montgomery is one of 16 young players chosen to join an international tennis tour to Europe this summer, writes Mark Etheridge.

Stellenbosch’s Montgomery (he attends Paul Roos Gymnasium) is the only South African in the eight boys and eight girls announced by the ITF Development Department this week.

The teenager is the second ranked player on the continent and won the ITF/CAT African Closed Junior in March. He reached the second round of the Aussie Open juniors this year and also played Junior Wimbledon. He has also represented South Africa in the Junior Davis Cup.

The team is know as the International 18&U ITF/GSDF Team and the tour will last eight weeks. Activities start on 10 May and end on 8 July.

While on tour the team will visit five different countries and features the junior version of the year’s second and third Grand Slam events, the French Open at Roland Garos, Paris and Wimbledon in England.

The team’s trip┬á is financed by the Grand Slam Development Fund (GSDF), which provides players not only with the opportunity to take part in top level international competition but also the invaluable experience of travelling abroad as part of a team under the guidance of an ITF coach.

The team will be accompanied by four ITF team coaches: Ivan Molina (Colombia), Roberta Burzagli (Brazil), Frank Zlesak (Czech Repubic) and Dermot Sweeney (Zambia).

The full squad is:
Boys: Karim Hossam (Egypt), Herkko Pollanen (Finland), Montgomer, Hassan Ndayishimiye (Burundi), Hyeon Chung (Korea), Guillermo Nunez (Chile), Temur Ismailov (Uzbekistan), Jorge Brian Panta Herreros (Peru)
Girls: Maria Ines Deheza (Bolivia), Montserrat Gonzalez (Paraguay), Ilka Csoregi (Romania), Aldila Sutjiadi (Indonesia), Zarah Razafimahatratra (Madagascar), Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia), Su Jeon Jang (Korea), Mai El Kamash (Egypt)

The team will play the following schedule:

10ÔÇô13 May ITF Training Camp, Italy
14ÔÇô19 May 34th Torneo Internazionale ÔÇ£Citta Di Santa CroceÔÇØ, Italy
21ÔÇô27 May 53rd Trofeo Bonfiglio, Milan, Italy
28ÔÇô2 June 48th Astrid Bowl, Charleroi, Belgium
3ÔÇô10 June Roland Garros, Paris, France
12ÔÇô17 June 20th International Junior Tournament of Offenbach/Main
18ÔÇô22 June Training, UK
24ÔÇô29 June Aegon International Junior Tennis Champs, Roehampton
30 June-8 July The Junior Championships, Wimbledon


Congratulations Wayne - what a wonderful achievement and honour.