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NTA hosts successful Sanlam junior tennis tournament

by Rodney Pienaar

The Namibian Tennis Association (NTA) hosted a successful Sanlam junior open tennis tournament over the weekend in Windhoek. 

The tournament attracted 54 players altogether aged from 10 to 18 years old from all around Namibia, president of NTA, Wellington Sibanda has told The Villager. 

“The tournament took place in glorious weather and it was well attended. We have seen top class action displayed by our junior players. This was the second tournament so far that we have hosted as far as junior tennis championships are concerned,” he said. 

He added that the juniors will take part in a number of national tournaments before the upcoming international tournaments. 

According to Sibanda, the round-robin format was designed to maximize playing time for the competitors with every participant playing at least four matches over the two days.

 These were followed by knock-out semi-finals and finals.

“More than 160 matches were held over two venues, the Police Club and the National Tennis Centre (Central Tennis Club). The players were supported by a good crowd of parents and spectators who were treated to some wonderful and intense tennis competition,” he said. 

Hayley Kidd won in the singles girls under 10 category and the runner up was Karla Terblanche.

The boys under 10 category winner was Liam Foster and Abraham Alemu emerged as the runner up. 

The girls under 12 category was scooped by Raica Coelhe while Sytisha Goagoses came out in the second place.

The boys under 12 category was won by Rubben Nel and the runner up was Juan Khun.

Hendrina Apollus won the girls under 14 category while the runner-up was Elze Stears.

Adam Diggle won the boys under 14 category while the runner-up was Dian Calitz. 

The under 16 category was won by Lisa Ysseland the runner-up is Megan Lombardt. 

The under 18 girls’ category winner was Chando Hollinrake and the runner-up was Daniel Jauss.

The main sponsor of the tournament was Sanlam Namibia.