THREE SUCCESSIVE FUTURES TOURNAMENTS FOR STELLENBOSCH
Johannesburg, South Africa – Tennis South Africa (TSA) have announced that Boland Tennis will be hosting
three Futures events carrying prize money in excess of R800 000 during November 2015.
The three events will be sponsored by Digicall and will run consecutively
at the Maties Tennis Club, Coetzenburg Sport Grounds and at the University of
Stellenbosch. There will be singles and doubles draws for both men and women.
Each of the mens and womens events will comprise prize money of $10 000
(R134 000). That means with all three events the Digicall Futures circuit is
worth $60 000.
The main draw for the first of the Digicall Futures will begin on Tuesday 3
November with the final played on Sunday 8 November. All the main draws will
comprise 32 competitors.
However, the qualifying tournaments will begin on 31 October.
The mains draws for the second event begin on Tuesday 10 November with the
finals on Sunday 15 November. The final Futures begins on Tuesday 17
November until Sunday 22 November.
“With the Rand under pressure it makes events like this Digicall Futures
circuit so vital for all our local players because it gives them the
opportunity to gain ranking points on home soil,” said TSA President and
acting CEO Gavin Crookes.
“It also gives them the opportunity to play against some international
competition to gauge how strong the competition is out there.”
There is no doubt Kevin Andersons recent success at Wimbledon and the US
Open has raised the profile of tennis in South Africa, something that has
not gone unnoticed by Digicall Chairman Altmann Allers. “Following the recent
successes of Kevin, the timing is right for South African tennis to again
start making a meaningful contribution to the sport on the international
“Digicall believes that by developing and investing in a local tennis
circuit which provides our players an ability to earn international points
and measure themselves against tough competitors, we should hopefully soon
see more of our players performing and winning on the centre courts in major
tournaments. By getting involved in the Digicall Futures, we hope we can
provide opportunities to assist our young players to reach their potential
and fulfil their dreams.”
The Western Cape is always an attractive part of the world to stage a
sporting tournament and these three events will give Boland Tennis the
chance to show off their province.
“ITF future tournaments are the first steps any professional tennis player
needs to start a career,” said Dr Danie Morkel, President of Boland Tennis.
“We would like to thank title sponsor, Digicall as well as Associate
sponsors Curro and Stellenbosch Academy of Sport, for seizing this
opportunity to partner with us in bringing professional tennis back to the
Western Cape. The support of the Western Cape Department of Culture and
Sport is also acknowledged.”
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Panel001: Making his point during the panel discussion at the launch of the Digicall Futures is Tennis South Africa Vice President Riad Davids (far right) with fellow panellists from left, Altmann Allers Chairman of Digicall, Le Roux Conradie of Caylix Sport Management (Tournament Director) and Rob Barnardie Director Stellenbosch Academy of Sport looking on. The Digicall Futures International tennis series will be played at Stellenbosch University from 31 October to 22 November 2015.
Panel004: Announcing the Digicall Futures International tennis series in Craighall Park Johannesburg Wednesday are from left; Le Roux Conradie of Caylix Sport Management (Tournament Director), Altmann Allers Chairman of Digicall, Riad Davids Vice President Tennis South Africa and Rob Barnardie Director Stellenbosch Academy of Sport. The Digicall Futures international tennis series will be played at Stellenbosch University from 31 October to 22 November 2015.
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