All Not Lost in ITF Tourney

| May 4, 2015

The junior technical manager of Botswana Tennis Association (BTA), Trevor Modise, says players performed well despite suffering early exits at the inaugural Euphemia Tlhapane Memorial ITF Tournament.

BTA fielded mostly under-14 players in the international tournament which was open for players under the age of 18, and they evidently struggled against much older players.

Eight players made the main draw in the boys’ singles but seven, including the talented Tsholofelo Tsiang, Tshepo Mosarwa and Mpho Mbizo were knocked-out in round-one.

Only Thato Holmes managed to progress to round-two after defeating Jason Chigaaizra of Zimbabwe 6-1, 1-6, 6-2.

But he was beaten 6-1, 6-2 by tournament second seed, Timothy Dollman of South Africa in round-two. Three players fielded in the girls’ singles main draw, Tshegofatso Tsiang, Botho Tawana and Wada Maseko all lost their round-one matches.

However, Modise said there were plenty of positives to take from the youngsters’ performances. He said they decided to field the under-14 players in order to give them early exposure and experience of competing in ITF competitions.

“It was the first time we fielded our under-14 players in an ITF tournament.

We used the opportunity of hosting this tournament to give them a chance to play this event so that they could get used to the power and spin used at this elite level of competition,” Modise said.

He said these players will have four more years to build their profile, accumulate more points, and ultimately build their ranking at junior level before reaching the senior level after turning 18.

Meanwhile, South African sixth seed Bertus Kruger was crowned the inaugural champion of the tournament after beating his compatriot Michael Copeland 6-2, 6-2 in the boys’ singles final on Saturday (May 2).

Another South African player Nicole Petchey won the girls’ singles title by beating fellow South African Lindsay Truscott 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 in the3 girls final. Petchey and Vanda Klaric won the girls, while Kruger and Matthew Astell won the boys doubles.

The tournament had attracted junior players from countries including Botswana, South Africa, Burundi, Zimbabwe, Italy, Great Britain, Portugal, United States of America, Australia, Namibia, Norway, Russia, Netherlands, Kenya, France and Greece.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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