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ITF under 18 junior tournament under-way in Windhoek

by Rodney Pienaar

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has finally kicked off the under 18 junior tournament which it is hosting in collaboration with Bank Windhoek in the capital.

The tournament has received applicant entries from junior players from all over the world, Namibia Tennis Association president, Samson Kaulinge, has said. 

“NTA has received over 70 entries from countries all over the world. Professional junior players will be battling it out on the tennis court for the coming few days as the first leg of the tournament has already ended,” he said.

He added that junior players from Great Britain; United States of America; France; Finland; Denmark; Russia; India; South Africa; Zimbabwe; Spain; Holland; Sweden; Slovakia and Botswana are taking part in the games. 

Namibia is represented by ten players including Code and Connor van Schalwyk that are based in Morocco. 

Connor won the under 14 Africa Junior championships in Pretoria this earlier year and was a runner up in the Africa Junior championships also held in Pretoria. 

“Other players who are competing against best juniors in the world are our under 16 girls,  Lisa Yssel; Megan Lombardt and Tammy Lombardt and in the boys it will be Gerhardt Barnard; Christopher Jansen and George Louw,” Kaulinge stated. 

The second leg of the tournament is expected to end on the 12th of May.