Swakopmund star stuns
27 February 2020 | Sports
Santie van der Walt; Chairperson; “…we will definitely look into getting more courts in future.”
The Namibia Tennis Association (NTA) hosted their first tournament of the year at the municipal tennis courts in Vineta and at the Swakopmund Mole courts last weekend.
The 2-day event saw 60 players participate in 120 matches. Due to a shortage available tennis courts and time constraints, the competition was played in short sets.
“This is obviously a problem for us which we do not experience in Windhoek. We will definitely look into getting more courts in future to avoid this problem,” said Santie van der Walt, Chairperson of the NTA Junior Tennis Committee.
The NTA hosts nine similar tournaments throughout the year, with three at the coast. The other six tournaments are played in Windhoek.
“The masters and Namibian national players are selected from these tournaments,” Van der Walt said.
The NTA aims to give players a platform to develop their full potential regardless of possible setbacks. They are also passionate about the development of tennis in Namibia as a competitive and professional sport.
The 14 participants in the u/14 boys division once again proved that their division is the most popular. Antonio Tchivanda successfully pushed Ruben Nel into third spot in their category, but had to stand back for Oliver Leicher who took first place.
Swakopmund player Minenhle Moyo caused an uproar when she defeated Ayanda Basson and Okahandja’s Joanivia Bezuidenhout to triumph as the top of the eight girls u/12 entries.
The u/10 boys division also had eight entries. Johan Theron made the division his own when he took first place, also sharing first place with Francois van Zyl in the doubles category.
NTA will once again play host to tennis action during the National Junior Tournament on 6 and 7 March in Windhoek. Players from 8 to 18 years are encouraged to enter.