SOME exciting young talent was on display at the Namibia Tennis Association’s Junior Championships which took place in Swakopmund over the weekend.
About 40 players entered the tournament, with the competitors mostly coming from the coast, Windhoek and a few from Outjo. Some of the top development players from Swakopmund also entered, while a development group from Windhoek also travelled to the coast to compete in the tournament.
The tournament was the first junior tournament on the NTA’s new calendar and organised by NTA development officer Dolf de Wet and his wife Nita.
Some of the players who stood out included PD Theron from Windhoek, who comfortably won the Boys’ U16 singles title after beating all his opponents in straight sets.
The Van Schalkwyk brothers Connor and Codie also excelled in their respective age group categories. In the Boys’ Under 10 singles category, Connor won the round robin event with 30 points, while Maans Steenkamp from Outjo came second with 29 points.
Codie won the Boys’ U12 singles category, beating Oliver Diggle 6-0, 6-1 in the final.
Some of the development players also excelled with Charles Muheua of Mondesa winning the Boys’ U18 singles title after beating Lars Kulikowski of Swakopmund 6-3, 6-3 in the final, while Giovanni Khakhisi of Windhoek won two matches in the Boys’ U14 category.
In the Girls’ U14 singles competition, Samantha Swartbooi of Mondesa reached the final where she lost 6-1, 6-3 to Emma Bastiaans of Windhoek, while Paulina Shikongo of Mondesa put up a good show in the Girls’ U18 singles final before losing 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 to Juliana Schuckmann of Windhoek.
The full results were as follows: Singles - Boys U10 - Connor van Schalkwyk beat Maans Steenkamp 30-29; Boys U12 - Codie van Schalkwyk beat Oliver Diggle 6-0, 6-1 in the final; Boys U14 - Paul Schwieger beat Liam Theron 6-2, 6-1; Boys U16 - PD Theron beat Hanno Brandt 6-1, 6-2 in the final; Boys U18 - Charles Muheua beat Lars Kulikowski 6-3, 6-3; Doubles - Boys U10 - Maans Steenkamp and Connor van Schalkwyk beat Torben Winterbach and Xavier Hartman 8-0 Pro set; Boys U12 - Codie van Schalkwyk and Oliver Diggle beat Konrad Theron and Rassie Esterhuizen 6-0, 6-2; Boys U14 - Lian Theron and Paul Schwieger beat Giovanni Khakhisi and Giovanni Owaseb 6-0, 6-0; Boys U16 - JC Kock and Hanno Brandt beat PD Theron and FC Smit 6-1, 6-1.
Girls Singles - Girls U12 - Agnes Steenkamp beat Yone Minders 6-2, 6-3; Girls U14 - Emma Bastiaans beat Samantha Swartbooi 6-1, 6-3; Girls U16 - Lara Winterbach beat Gainoreeza Maclobo 6-4, 6-3; Girls U18 - Juliana Schuckmann beat Paulina Shikongo 6-1, 3-6, 6-1; Girls U18 Doubles - Paulina Shikongo and Juliana Schuckmann beat Lara Winterbach and Hilde Goegel 6-2, 6-1.