Spectators at the recent KIA PTA Tennis Tournament saw double, as participants challenged each other in pairs.
In the advanced group, the solid team of Moyo Nqobilizwe and Adriaan Coetzee was unbeatable in the round robin format leaving the other five teams to battle it out for the silver and bronze medals. In the end, Andre Smit and S.P van Wyk won second position while the juniors, Kudzai Toto and Dantago Gawanab, came third.
The competition against adult players allowed junior participants of the intermediate category to increase their exposure and game experience against different opponents. Here, Oliver Diggle and Nguvi Hinda took home the gold medal after beating the much improved team of Dario Noabeb and Andy Jantzen from Otjiwarongo to second position. The bronze medal went to Codie van Schalkwyk and Benjamin Calitz.
In the beginners group, Conner van Schalkwyk and Delvin Losper won gold in front of Undji Honga and Veri Hinda. Lucy Norris and Zita Rittman settled for bronze after three of their five matches ended in tie-breakers. The pair of Norris and Rittmann set the tie-breaker record by beating Francois Smit and Basson Engelbrecht 18-16, who also played three of their five matches as tie-breaker sets.
"It is exciting to witness the enjoyment from the players in all the categories, especially in the beginners and midi court groups" commented Elizma Nortje, PTA Director and Head coach.
Players in the midi court event were exposed to the doubles game for the first time. Japhet Haarman and Kayden Schnelle won the gold medal with 80 points, followed by Jessica Norris and Lisa Yssel with 79 points. Johnny van der Westhuizen and Zander Coetzee won bronze with 72 points.
The mini event, played in the singles format, was won by Melussi Khupe with Munel Meyer coming second. Nicolai Tambrescu in third postion and Adam Diggle in fourth, were only separated by a point.
Nortje praised the attitude of all players: "Not enough can be said about the sportsmanship amongst all the competitors. Hard and tough matches were embraced by fair play and an ambiance of fun and enjoyment that was contagious throughout the tournament."
The next tournament will take place on 19 and 20 October and more exciting matches are expected.