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Pro-Tennis awards outstanding players

Pro-Tennis Academy’s Elizma Nortje (center back) pictured with sponsors and tennis players who took part in the Kia Tennis series at the Award Ceremony which took place recently to award  the outstanding players in this year’s series.

Pro-Tennis Academy’s Elizma Nortje (center back) pictured with sponsors and tennis players who took part in the Kia Tennis series at the Award Ceremony which took place recently to award the outstanding players in this year’s series.

The Pro-Tennis Academy, in conjunction with Kia Motors, awarded the outstanding players of this year’s Kia Tennis series last week in Windhoek. The series came to a close a month ago.
“It was a great season with a high standard of tennis” said Pro-Tennis Academy’s Elizma Nortje.

The overall win went to Codie van Schalkwyk who dominated for much of the season, although he had to keep focused until the last tournament to make his title perfect with 4800 points. His brother Connor managed to clinch the second overall place with 4100 points while Waylon Wentzel had to settle for third (4050). Wentzel was also rewarded with the player of the year award. The series proved to accomplish its purpose of rewarding players for their consistent participation and competing in their own standard playing group instead of age categories, which resulted in a broader exposure for the players competing regularly against different opponents and also served as an excellent match preparation for the Namibian National tournaments. It also rewarded the top two best women performers of the series, Silvia Schulz and Carien van Rooyen, in order to encourage more women to participate. Another very exciting component of the series is that it rewards the top 10 most improved players across the different categories from mini tennis up to the advance group for their efforts and improvement over the series. The biggest improvement was shown by Kayden Schnelle with Oliver Diggle and Waylon Wentzel showing the second and third best improvements respectively. Overall log: Codie van Schalkwyk came first with 4800 points, while Conner van Schalkwyk,  Waylon Wentzel, Veri Hinda and Delvin Losper got 4100 points, 4050 points, 3950 points and 3225 points respectively. Awards overview: Overall winner: Codie van Schalkwyk, Player of the year: Waylon Wentzel Sport woman of the year: Carien van Rooyen, Sports man of the year: Jaco Becker, Best performer & most improved player: Kayden Schnelle (Special award from the Pro-Tennis Academy) Best women performers: Silvia Schulz won with 1600 points and Carien van Rooyen came second with 1550 points.

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