Huge boost for local club tennis with new tournament

The Growthpoint Top Guns tournament will be a doubles team format with two men and two women making up a team and playing men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles. Photo: Supplied

Tennis South Africa (TSA) has joined forces with international property giant, Growthpoint Properties, to give grassroots tennis in the country a welcome boost with the launch of an innovative new national club event, the Growthpoint Top Guns tournament.

The new national club event for men and women will be played in the 14 tennis regions of South Africa, with each region hosting a local tournament between September and November 2017. The winning club team from each of these local events will then qualify for the national final, to be played at a central venue, in February 2018.

The tournament will be a doubles team format with two men and two women making up a team and playing men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles. Over R200 000 in prize money will be up for grabs and entry will be free for registered clubs who are in good standing with their respective provinces, as well as TSA.

In a boost for tennis transformation, two clubs from under-served communities will be given wild-cards directly into the tournament’s national final.

Richard Glover, CEO of Tennis South Africa, hailed the launch of the new event.

“The Growthpoint Top Guns will provide a welcome shot in the arm for club tennis in the country and will also see a number of new rule innovations to make matches short, sharp and exciting,” he said.

Some of the new rule changes include a free player substitution during the mixed doubles, a no let rule if the serve hits the net and falls into the correct service block and a no advantage rule which means that when the score reaches deuce a deciding point is played.

Nadine Kuzmanich, Head of Marketing at Growthpoint, said they are delighted to help make this new national event possible by investing in the foundation of clubs and competition. She stressed that this event is designed to connect with worthy talent in towns and cities across the country.

“We are thrilled to help grow competition at grassroots level and have positive impacts in our communities,” Kuzmanich concluded.

For more information about Growthpoint Top Guns visit www.tennissa.co.za

 

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