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Kia tennis rankings may be reshuffled

The players in the last Kia Tennis tournament held at Windhoek High School.

The players in the last Kia Tennis tournament held at Windhoek High School.

Oliver Diggle and Codie van Schalkwyk are both in striking distance to take over the top spot in the Kia Tennis Ranking from last year’s Kia Tennis Series winner, Andre Smit.
Oliver Diggle is currently placed second on the ranking, 275 points behind Smit and can take over the lead in the ranking after the Kia Tennis tournament, which is coming up this weekend.
Codie van Schalkwyk is another 525 points down on Diggle, but if he can repeat his win in the advanced category of the Kia Tennis tournament, he has the chance to overtake both Smit and Diggle in the ranking.
The top ten in the Kia Tennis Ranking are  Andre Smit (4200), Oliver Diggle (3925), Codie van Schalkwyk (3400), Moyo Nqobilizwe (3000), Conner van Schalkwyk (2750), Delvin Losper (2575), Dario Naobeb (2375), Eric Imbuzeiro (2300), Nguvi Hinda (2250) and Andy Jantzen (2225).
Points for the Kia Tennis Ranking are calculated on a 12 month rolling basis and therefore represent the performance of players from last year July up to this year June. This year’s newcomers and consistent performers are slowly climbing up the ranking.
Andre Smit, who had an exceptional 2012 season, where he claimed the top spot in the ranking, has not participated in the tournaments this year. As a result he is expected to lose his lead after the upcoming tournament.
The Kia Tennis Series consists of 9 tournaments with the 5th tournament of the season scheduled for this week Friday and Saturday. Players participate in one of five categories according to their skill level and collect points towards the Kia Tennis Ranking.
The tournament, which is hosted by Pro Tennis Academy, will take place at the WHS tennis courts in Windhoek. Players in the Mini and Midi category will play on Friday afternoon, with the Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced categories competing on Saturday.

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