New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Basson Takes Alexander Forbes NTA Open By Storm

Windhoek — The Namibian Tennis Association held the Alexander Forbes Open tennis tournament in Windhoek last weekend.

The sponsorship from Alexander Forbes made this tournament the biggest NTA Open of the year so far, with most of the local leading tennis players showcasing their talents to produce competitive tennis. The aim of the NTA is to improve each tournament.

The tourney saw ball girls/boys and linesman and a pro-chair umpire roaming the court for the first time in years - a move which created a wonderful atmosphere for players and spectators alike.

Nicky Buys had a tough road to the final, beating Kallie Heese in three gruelling sets before dispatching Louis Botha the number one ranked player in Namibia. This took its toll on Buys who eventually fell victim to injury in the second set trailing Michau Basson 6 -3 and 2 -1.

Basson was on top of his game and never lost a set during the tournament.

Ladies Doubles: Amanda van Dyk & Rihetta Swart enjoyed a walkover against Jolanda Amoraal & Chu - Rida Nel.

Mixed Doubles Final: MK Khupe & Rihetta Swart beat Deon van Dyk and Amanda van Wyk 7-6, 5-7 and 10-6.

The men's doubles was also a classic affair with Johan Theron and Deon van Dyk trailing Louis Botha & Henco Serdyn 5 - 2 in the 3rd set at 30 all and their opponents serving, but the pair somehow managed to claw their way back into the contest and won the next seven games in a row to claim victory.

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