Lesotho: Makhakhe Crashes Out of Jozi Open

(File photo).
22 September 2021

Tennis sensation, Neo Makhakhe, crashed out of the ongoing Jozi Open Tournament after losing 2-1 to South African, Da-Niel Kotze, on Sunday.

Makhakhe lost 2-6 and 7-10 in the first and third sets while he beat his opponent 6-2 in the second set.

He told the Lesotho Times that his focus has shifted to the Springs Open, which is starting on Sunday in Gauteng Central.

"Unfortunately, I lost in the first match so I am out and have shifted my focus to the next tournament," Makhakhe said.

"It was a good game. We were at the same level and the game could have gone either way but I think I was just unlucky particularly in the third set which I lost 10-7.

"Apart from the next tournament, I am also playing in the ongoing Universal Tennis Ranking (UTR) matches that are meant to determine players' quality.

"I have already won my first match 7-6, 7-4, 6-1, against Marshall Hulett of South Africa," he said.

The Newcastle-based player and coach said the rankings range from zero to 15. A decent player will have over eight points.

"UTR it is just a method used to allocate points based on how one has been playing and also depending on their rankings.

"For now, I am playing in the open section which is high level. Anyone with over 10 points is regarded a good player.

"The points also depend on who you play. If you play someone ranked lower than you, the points are fewer and it will not make a huge difference in your rankings.

"The last time the UTR was announced, I had nine points and that means this year I must improve," Makhakhe said.

AllAfrica publishes around 800 reports a day from more than 100 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.