Twin brothers win tournament
The competition was played in a round robin system so that all the teams played five matches. Jaco Burger and Zander Coetzee ended in sixth position, although they had managed to beat fourth placed Kiana Cormack and Carien van Rooyen (6-3). Lisa Yssel and Denise Murorua prevailed in their encounter with Burger and Coetzee, which was decided in a tie-break (7-2), to clinch fifth spot.
“The beauty of the round robin system is that all the participants get the exposure of playing many matches against their competitors to gain the necessary experience”, commented event organiser Elizma Nortje from the Pro-Tennis Academy (PTA).
For the members of the midi court group, it was the first time they were exposed to playing in the doubles format. Nortje described it as a “Great introduction to the doubles game and an excellent preparation for the transition to the full court.” The most successful partnership was formed by Adam Diggle and Samar van der Merwe, who picked up 15 points more than Ethel Jossop and Leonardine Apollus who were runners-up.
The youngsters in the mini category played singles on the service block courts. Once again it was Aviel van der Merwe, who took top honours with 90 points, followed by Tji-Tji Mbetjiha (71 points) and Nathan Leeva (60). The four-year-old Vaja Mbetjiha (46) finished in fourth place.
“It’s great to see the motivation and camaraderie amongst the players as well as their improvement compared to the previous tournament”, stated Nortje, who announced that the next event will be a single competition at WHS on 31 May and 1 June.
The uniqueness of this series of tennis tournaments is that the players accumulate ranking points on a twelve 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.
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.