Held Saturday 3 November 2012 at Sea Point Tennis Club, High Performance centre

An evaluation day looking for that “something special” in children who want to become

tennis players.

“In the girls section, Cape Town’s Jessica Simpson oozed class as she brushed aside Ghana’s Elizabeth Kapari 6-2 6-1.

The third seeded Simpson played aggressively from behind a strong serve and she did well to eliminate unforced errors throughout the match.

Conditions were wind-free on Thursday and Simpson, who has campaigned in Kenya and Spain earlier this year, never looked to be trouble from the start.

Simpson will play the top seed Janet Koch who was forced into an extra set by the fourth seed, Zimbabwe’s Valeria Bhunu, but she came good in the end with a 7-5 5-7 6-4 triumph.”

Both Simpson and Bhunu train at the GROWING SPORTS ACADEMY

Winner of SA Junior Nationals Title

Well done to Jessica Simpson – winner of both Nationals Singles and Doubles U18 Titles in Bloemfontein – October 2012.



Jessica Simpson won through 4 rounds, playing aggressively and confidently to win

her finals match convincingly today against number one seed Carita Moolman 6 0  6 0

Joshua Luck beat Ruben Alberts in a tough match 6 2  / 2 6 /  6 2 to take the

men’s title




Proud Coach with Winners of Men and Woman’s titles

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Ludwe Yoka and another Coach, Lungile, both live in the crescent around this park where there is one tennis court.

They started to show an interest in the game of tennis when the court was built and both tried to teach themselves to play.

They came across one of the Growing Sports Foundation Coaches Chris Zamva who was actively coaching in the Growing Tennis Programme at the time.

He asked them if they would be interested to become trainers and teach children – they jumped at the idea, underwent a series of courses and today are two shining examples of employed youth from the Guguletu townships.

We are very proud of both of these boys.

On his own initiative, Ludwe and Lungile, both offer their time to the community children of Guguletu on a Saturday afternoon between 1.30 and 2.30pm free tennis lessons.

In the mornings, Ludwe coaches the Talented children out of the TSA City Bowl Hubs who have been earmarked for further development. These children live in the Guguletu area and we are very happy to be able to start tennis in Guguletu and bring it to the local community.

If anyone would like to become tennis coaches – then please call Michelle at the Foundation, at 083 274 8682.

CEO of Tennis South Africa, Mr Ian Smith, Growing Sports Foundation Trust Coach Ludwe Yoka, Growing Sports Foundation Trust Founder and CEO Michelle Whitehead at tennis court in Guguletu

1 April saw the Victiry team packing their bags and heading on a long plane flight to Alicante in Spain.

Week 1 was a training week at the Juan Carlos Ferrero Academy in Alicante.  Jessica Simpson, Josh Warren, Ben Warren, Valeria Bhunu and Coach Anthony Harris can be seen here posing in front of the Academy.


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