Players flock to second PTA Tennis Series
Pro Tennis Academy’s (PTA) head coach Romeo van Wyk was all smiles as more than 20 players flocked to the Windhoek High School (WHS) tennis fields over the weekend to participate in the second tournament of the season.
The feedback was so overwhelming that the coach had to split intermediate category into a women’s and men’s division to be able to fit all matches into the two days of play. Usually, the series is the only one in Namibia where the participants play according to their skill set, rather than age and gender.
The Intermediate women saw Delicia Dirkse and Faith Kahuure, the outstanding players of last year’s beginners division having now moved up one class now, continuing their rivalry in dramatic fashion. Little separated the pair throughout the games. Eventually though, Kahhure just managed to edge past Dirkse to claim the first place with Dirkse in second. The third place went to Melanie D’Alton.
Christopher Jansen secured his second successive win by taking the first place with the Intermediate men. Randel Kavandje held on to second place just like during the first event in February, while Mike Kambonde completed the podium in third.
Last year’s winner Eila Kambonde picked up maximum points after a near perfect display in the Midi category. Battling it out with no less than 9 other aces, she stuck to her game, fending off Arnaud Marais and Samuel Mayinoti, who came in second and third respectively, in the process.
In the Advanced category Cleet Farmer was in a class of his own once again. The defending champion cruised past Godwin Husselmann and Dudley Minnie to take the win. If he can continue his form, it will be very difficult to stop him.