Quintin van Jaarsveld
Wet weather didn’t rain on players’ parade during the Ugu South Coast Tourism Tennis Tournament at the weekend.
A record 92 players ranging from Under-10 to open participated in the third edition of the tournament, which played out at Southbroom, Uvongo, Douglas Mitchell and Umtentweni tennis clubs.
There was no play on Friday and most of Saturday morning. From then on, though, the enthusiastic players served up exciting tennis, culminating in the winners being crowned on Sunday.
Kade Mindry convincingly claimed the men’s open title with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Louis van der Westhuizen in the final. The open ladies final was a closely contested affair, with Tyla Carter beating Courtney Fyvie 6-4, 5-7 (10/7).
In the Under-16 finals, Joshua Edgar defeated Calum Jestin 6-1, 6-0 and Nonhlanhla Ngcobo saw off Ashton Cason 6-1, 6-3.
Oliver Naude bagged the Under-14 boys title after downing Karan Varyani 7-6, 6-4, Siyabonga Jaca beat Simphiwe Ngewenya 6-2, 6-1 in the Under-12 boys final and Mia Kotze clinched the Under-12 girls crown with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Keira Naidoo.
Mark van der Merwe beat Benjamin Wilson 6-3 in the Under-10 boys final, with the duo teaming up to defeat Daniel Naidoo and Keegan de Jager in the doubles decider.
“The tournament was a great success. The kids all had fun and enjoyed their games, which is the aim,” tournament director Natalie Grandin told eHowzit.
“These tournaments are where long-lasting friendships are made. This tournament has grown each year and this year, we even had to bring on Southbroom Tennis Club.
“A big thanks to Ugu South Coast tourism for their support and all the clubs that we used for their support.
“The standard of play was very high and the kids will now go to the Nationals at the end of March with match practice and will hopefully do KZN proud,” added Grandin.