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.

 
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BOTH WINNERS OF THE KEY HEALTH BLOEMFONTEIN OPEN EVENT – October 3rd

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

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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.

123 Children from St Georges Grammar , St Mary’s,  Walmer Estate and Rahmaniyeh Primary Schools

Thank you to Golden Arrow buses for transporting our children through to UCT Upper Campus. The children arrived buzzing and very excited for their first ever tennis tournament on proper Tennis Courts.

A team of UCT Tennis Volunteers had organised the whole day – Colour coding the courts and setting out the courts with mini tennis court, ropes and racquets, and Play and Stay was ready to happen.

123 excited children arrived and a good warm up session started with all of the children.  Straight thereafter the children were mixed into Grade groups and off they set to play their matches.

This group of 123 children were part of a group of 2100 children currently being taught tennis by the GROWING SPORTS FOUNDATION TRUST in the City Bowl of Cape Town that has been identified as having talent and this UCT day, was an experience to test their ability skills – and WOW – yes we have 123 budding tennis stars on the way through the ranks. The programmes used to teach the children are specialised Programmes belonging to the Foundation and incorporate the “Play and Stay” concept of learning with low pressured balls.

Mid-way through the morning – the children were treated to cookies and cool drinks.

After some more tennis fun – they children were again treated to hot dogs and a prize giving was held for all the players, and the winners were given prizes.

Supersport sent their camera man to video the day and the children and coaches were interviewed and filmed. A BIG THANK YOU to the Coaches of the Sports Foundation who have brought the children up to this standard of play and for working with the UCT Tennis to create this day. A HUGE THANK YOU goes to UCT tennis for organising such a Special FUN DAY!!  and a MASSIVE thank you to SRSA and LOTTO and TSA for funding our two City Bowl Hubs.

A word from Michelle Whitehead, Founder and CEO of the GROWING SPORTS FOUNDATION – “this day was a very big day for me. I wasn’t sure that my Coaches were trained enough to evaluate potential in the children, but it became quickly apparent that I had been wrong. The level of the tennis amazed me and brought a serious lump to my throat and tears to my eyes. We have potential National tennis players in this group and it is going to very exciting to take them further to develop these talents. I am SO PROUD of my Coaches – well done guys!!”

 

 Cédric Pioline visits Sea Point Tennis Club and puts Jessica Simpson through her paces.

Cédric Pioline born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France won five singles titles in his career, the biggest at the ATP Masters Series event in Monte Carlo in 2000, Pioline also competed for France in Davis Cup, winning the cup in 1996 and 2001. After retiring from tennis, he became a tennis administrator. As of October 2008, he is the tournament director of the ATP Masters Series event in Paris and plays on the senior ATP tour.

Andrea Petrova in Cape Town at Sea Point Tennis Club – doing an Ad for Gerlosteiner Water Seen here with Club Programme Director Anthony Harris – December 2012

Andrea Petkovic is a professional German tennis player. She is currently the highest ranked German tennis player. She lives in Griesheim near Darmstadt, Germany.

Petkovic reached her career-high singles ranking of World No. 9 on 10 October 2011. She has won 2 WTA titles, 8 ITF singles titles and 3 ITF doubles titles. Petkovic became the German national champion in 2007 and 2009. She is coached by Petar Popović and her father Zoran.

Petkovic first took to the tennis courts when she was six; her father Zoran Petkovic, former Yugoslav tennis player and member of the Yugoslavia Davis Cup team,was a coach at a club in Darmstadt at the time. He introduced her to the sport and later became her coach.

 

Andrea Petrova in Cape Town at Sea Point Tennis Club - doing an Ad for Gerlosteiner Water Seen here with Club Programme Director Anthony Harris

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Images from the recent Kenya Tour to Nairobi, congratulations to all those that took part for representing.

 

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