Kia Tennis Series continues this weekend
The second tournament of the KIA tennis series 2013 will take place this weekend at Windhoek High School. Action will start on Friday at 2.30 pm with the young beginners taking the stage in the Mini (service block court) and Midi (half court) categories. On Saturday at 8am players from various age groups and different levels will square off on the full court.
The opening tournament of the series kicked off at the end of February featuring an exciting and competitive group of 43 beginners playing on mini and full courts. After continuing his strong winning streak from last year, Adam Diggle claimed the gold medal again and sent a strong message to the midi court group that he is ready to make his mark in the next progressive stage of the Kia tournament series, while Raymond McDonald took bronze. A fresh and new challenger is the talented Samar van der Merwe, who fully deserved his silver medal. Ethel Jossops and Leonardine Appollus were closely in contention for a top three finish and performed extremely well considering that it was their first tennis tournament.
The beginner group produced top quality play with each and every match. It was exciting to witness the talent, healthy competitive spirits and good sportsmanship amongst these youngsters, who are Namibia’s future tennis crop. The athletic Kiana Cormack beat Johnny van der Merwe 6-1 in the final to claim first spot with the gutsy Zander Coetzee in third position after he beat Lisa Yssel 6-4.
The uniqueness of this series of tennis tournaments that will be played throughout the year is that the players accumulate ranking points on a 12 month rolling basis with well rewarded prize money amounting to a total of N$ 20 000 that will be handed over to the three top and most improved players of each category at the end of the year. Event organiser Elizma Nortje congratulated the sponsors Kia and Wimpy for giving the players the opportunity to develop progressively thereby laying the foundation for a bright future of Namibian tennis.