WHEELCHAIR TENNIS REGIONAL CAMPS A HUGE SUCCESS
Wheelchair Tennis South Africa hosted successful 2-day development tennis camps from August 15th to 16th 2015, at the homes of tennis, Arthur Ashe Tennis Center in Soweto, Retondale Tennis Club in Pretoria with the third camp staged at Khayelitsha in Cape Town. The camps were aimed to improve and increase the level of play and knowledge of our most promising and grassroots tennis players.
The camps saw over 80 young tennis enthusiasts’, with 17 players in Khayelitsha, 30 players at Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre and 30 players in Pretoria including former South African number 1 men’s player Sydwell Mathonsi and number 2 Desmond Monyamane.
Participants from the weekend’s camps were from Thembalethu School in Cape Town, Adilate Tambo School, Kwa Thema, Mohlakeng, Palm Springs in Johannesburg and Meerhof School, Filadelfia and Ivory Park. Camp Directors Patrick Selepe, Siyabulela Nkachela and Archie Lemeko conducted the camps in Cape Town, Pretoria and Soweto respectively and had assistance from the regional tennis coaches.
The country’s top women number 1 Kgothatso ‘KG’ Montjane graced the Pretoria camp with her presence and delivered a moving motivation to encourage the players to work hard on court and to always keep in mind the vitality of education. The world number 8 brought Babolat racket covers as her pledge to boosting the careers of the future stars.
It is just ones of many tennis camps to come from Wheelchair Tennis South Africa. Camp Director Patrick Selepe is quoted saying “I see a great improvement in some of the junior players’ thinking on court; we do hope what is learnt here at the camps will be put into practice daily by the players”. Selepe thanked the game sponsor Airports Company South Africa and contributors who made these camps the great success they were.
“The regional camps are a winning culture, and it’s going to continue,” Wheelchair Tennis South Africa General Manager Karen Losch said. “The new players that come in will understand that our culture is all about developing upcoming stars and to give everyone an opportunity to grow.”
These events would not have been possible without the generous sponsor Airports Company South Africa; who is no stranger to the support of the sport in the country. Airports Company South Africa support these tennis projects as they believe in the development of our juniors especially the grassroots players among them.
Wheelchair Tennis South Africa and Airports Company South Africa Partnership:
The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) is the official sponsor of Wheelchair Tennis South Africa and the sport of wheelchair tennis. Airports Company South Africa has contributed no less than R36-million to date and has committed to a continued investment in the sport as its flagship Corporate Social Investment programme.