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Stars of the future in the mix for Masters honours

The cream of South African junior tennis will battle it out for Masters honours in Potchefstroom, North West this weekend.

The Growthpoint Junior Masters will be played from Friday to Sunday at the Riaan Venter Tennis Academy on the University of NWP-PUKKE Campus.

The tournament will be for the country’s top boys and girls according to the national Tennis South Africa (TSA) rankings in the Under-12, -14, -16 and -18 age groups.

In the U12 and 14 age groups, there will be 12 direct acceptances, with four TSA invitational spots. In the U16 and 18 age groups, there will be six direct acceptances, with two TSA invitational spots.

The singles only event will be played on a round-robin basis for Friday and Saturday morning, with the semi-finals on Saturday afternoon and finals on Sunday morning.

All eyes will be on top seed in the boys’ U18, Philip Henning of Bloemfontein. The 16-year-old is one of the brightest prospects in South African tennis and is the reigning 2017 TSA Junior Nationals champion. The Grey College learner recently won back-to-back Curro Junior ITF tournaments in Stellenbosch.

Henning (pictured above) was part of Team South Africa at last year’s AUSC Region 5 Games in Luanda, Angola where he and team-mate Richard Thongoana picked up valuable international experience.

In the girls’ U18 category, tournament favourite is Gauteng Central’s Maja Gledic who reached the TSA Junior Nationals finals earlier this year.

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Gledic (pictured above), won The Wanderers Junior ITF in July this year.

Favoured in the girls’ U16 category is Myah Petchey of Western Province. Petchey won her first ITF title at the same venue at the Growthpoint Junior Masters earlier this year, so Potchefstroom is a happy hunting ground for the Capetonian.

In the same age group, boys’ top seed is ITF/CAT African Junior Champion, Pierre Malan, also of Western Province.


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