THE second tournament of the 2013 KIA tennis series took place over the weekend at Windhoek High School where three Hinda brothers controlled the proceedings.
Veri Hinda (33 points) took top honours in the beginner group, as Johnny van der Merwe (22) and Caren Swanepoel (19) picked up a silver and a bronze medal respectively.
The competition at intermediate level was won by Veja Hinda on 27 points, while Gnuvi Hinda and Waylon Wentzel both had 22 points at the end of the day. However, as Gnuvi had beaten Waylon in the head-to - head match by 5-2, he was awarded a silver medal and Wentzel had to console himself with third spot on the podium.
Veja attends school in South Africa, together with two other promising Namibian tennis players, Tuki and Katu Jacobs.
According to the event organiser, Elizma Nortje from the Kia sponsored Pro-Tennis Academy (PTA), the players spend lots of time on the tennis court every day.
In the mini court (small court) category, Aviel van der Merwe collected 79 points to clinch top spot ahead of Tji-Tji Mbetjiha (76 points) and Kay-Lynne Weitz (67).
The youngest player in the competition, four-year-old Vaja Mbetjiha, came fourth and was only one point short of the bronze medal.
“Vaja and her sister Tji-Tji might turn out to be Namibia's Serena and Venus Williams one day,” joked Nortje.
The midi court (3/4 court) group was dominated by two learners from Emma Hoogenhout Primary School in Randal Kavandje (70 points) and Delicia Dirkse (64), while Ethel Jossops (59) finished in third position.
Nortje is convinced that Kavandje and Dirkse are ready to progress to the full court beginner group. “I have to give credit to Romeo van Wyk for his work with the tennis players at the school,” the experienced coach added.
This weekend, a doubles tournament will be staged as part of the KIA PTA Tennis Series at Windhoek High School. Action starts tomorrow at 14h30 with the young beginners taking the stage in the mini and midi categories.
On Saturday, players from various age groups will square off on the full court at 08h00.
“The uniqueness of this series of tennis tournaments is that the players accumulate ranking points on a twelve-month rolling basis with well rewarded prize money amounting to a total of N$ 20 000 that will be handed over to the three top and most improved players of each category at the end of the year,” Nortje said
She thanked the sponsors, Kia and Wimpy, for giving the players the opportunity to develop progressively, thereby laying the foundation for a bright future of Namibian tennis.
Tennis enthusiasts of all standards have until 18h00 today to enter for competition. Registration can be done by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.