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Monday, 26 May 2014 15:56

Tennis: A Promising Future for SA Tennis

The weekend’s top SA schools tennis festival, hosted by Kearsney College, provided a high standard of competitive play which is encouraging for the future of the game in this country.

Tennis - Kearsneys Brad PorteousIn an exciting final Affies from Pretoria beat a competitive Grey College from Bloemfontein; and Stellenbosch’s Paul Roos beat Pretoria Boys in the play-off for third and fourth positions. Paul Roos has been the dominant SA tennis school in the past eight years and has won the Kearsney tournament 10 out of 19 times.

“This year the top eight schools in the country participated to fight for the honour of being top seed. Affies are a world-class school tennis team who played with high energy levels, commitment and passion throughout the weekend,” said festival organiser and Kearsney deputy headmaster Anthony Willows.

Grey College caused a big upset in the semi-finals by beating the highly-rated Paul Roos team by 5 matches to 4. Affies beat Pretoria Boys in the other semi-final by 5 matches to 1.

The tennis played throughout the four-day festival was extremely competitive and there were some really tough matches. The event highlighted that the standard of tennis at this level looked extremely encouraging.

The tournament, sponsored by Wilson and Sportsmans Warehouse, was particularly exciting this year, after St Stithians won the Paul Roos tournament in Stellenbosch during February and Grey placed second, ahead of Paul Roos and Affies.

“The three KZN tennis schools have realised the dedication needed to compete at this level,” Willows said.

St Stithians beat Glenwood by 6 matches to 3 to finish fifth, while Clifton narrowly edged out Kearsney to finish seventh.

Results:

Final - Affies beat Grey (5-2)

3rd/4th - Paul Roos beat Pretoria Boys (7-2)

5th/6th – St Stithians beat Glenwood (6-3)

7th/8th - Clifton beat Kearsney (5-4)

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