One of Namibia’s top ranked junior tennis players, Connor van Schalkwyk has scooped the Under-14 first place at the Southern Africa Junior Championship currently under way in Gaborone, Botswana under the umbrella body Confederation of African Tennis.
The championship which kicked off this week has witnessed all players doing exceptionally well, President of Namibia Tennis Association Samson Kaulinge told The Villager.
“It is a very tough competition but our players are well prepared and have been performing well. I am very positive that there will be more winners from our team. Two of our players have already lost at quarters and semi finals but we are still waiting for the rest of the players to play their sets. Things are looking very promising,” he said.
He added that all the players have shown discipline and great respect for the sport which is a quality that already makes these juniors champions.
The country is represented by three girls and six boys that are taking part in the under 14 and 16 categories.
“We are a good team and we will definitely bring more than one medallion back home. I know these players very well. They are very good and they play defense and offence at the same time that is why I am positive that they will bring home medals,” he said.
He added that the team spirit will not be broken although they are not playing on their home turf, as they support each other in terms of encouragement.
Singles set games are expected to be finished during the weekend after which the double set games will be played.
According to information provided by Kaulinge the doubles events will be run on a knock-out basis, No Add and a Super Tie break as final set and all players playing in the singles event are eligible to participate.
Players from Namibia, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe are taking part in the championship.
The Championship will end next week, after which a final country ranking will be determined on the basis of accumulation of points in the boys’ and girls’ singles and doubles events.