THE first FNB Tennis Development Tourney for the year took place at the Central Tennis Courts in Windhoek over the weekend.
Eros Primary School won the overall competition, followed by Suiderhof Primary School, while Emma Hoogenhout secured the bronze medal position
According to Namibia Tennis Association (NTA) development coordinator Kallie Heese , improved infrastructure and committed officials allowed for a smooth-running tournament.
"The environment you create will determine the ultimate success or failure of the event. It's easy when you have eight tennis courts at the biggest tennis stadium in Namibia, with three recently resurfaced courts and a great team of development officers who work from five a.m. to make the tourney a great success," said Heese.
The format is also crucial, he added.
The players got test themselves in individual and team competitions at under-10, -12 and -14 level.
For every match that a player won, they received a token at the end of the event, which resulted in the players with the most tokens winning in their age group categories.
Then, the school with the most tokens is rewarded with a winner's medal.
"It was splendid to see performance players from the development programme being officials and helping with scorekeeping, thus starting to give back to tennis," Heese said.
"Players who do well in the development tournaments and players who have been identified have the opportunity to play out for a place in the performance squad. Only the best two players per age group are selected from the squad and entered into NTA junior tournaments."