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Namibia’s junior tennis player wins at African Junior tournament

by Rodney Pienaar

Namibia’s under 14 junior tennis player, Connor van Schalwyk, has won a gold medallion at the African Junior Grade 1 tournament that took place at South Africa, Pretoria this week.

The tournament was well attended and remarkable and Namibian junior players have given all they have got and van Schalwyk has proven that he is a force to be recon with Wellington Sibanda the development coordinator of Namibia Tennis Association has told The Villager. 

“It was an amazing display of tennis showcased by our player. He has proven to be the best on his level and we are very happy about it. All our players are good but unfortunately only one come out victories. He managed to out smart all his opponents and also played hardcore ball against all the players he played against,” he said.

He added the weather conditions did not stop the payer fro showcasing his talent as one of te best junior players Namibia has produced over the years. 

Van Schalkwyk played the final against Devon Badenhosrt of South Africa and won the single sets 6-3 ; 4-6 and 10-5. 

Van Schalwyk also teamed up with Ethan Siyabanda from Zimbabwe for doubles and they reached the semi finals Sibanda has said. 

“He did exceptionally well in the double sets too. He did not back down from taking on his opponents in all the matches they played n the doubles as well. He is a very good runner. He managed to secure points for him and his team made in the doubles games. That was just another way of proving that he means business whenever he steps out on the tennis court,” he said.

He added that most of his games where are games all the spectators will remember for ears to come and as the son of the soil Namibia will always be proud of him.  

Wellington further noted that the African Junior Championships is currently underway and van Schalwyk also won his first match today.