Association searches for young tennis talent
The Lesotho Tennis Association (LTA) is searching for young talent to increase the country’s player-base.
According to LTA president, Kamohelo Hlomisi, over 120 youngsters turned up for a two-day schools tournament held at the national Tennis Courts last weekend, which he said was “encouraging”.
“It was really encouraging to see so many youngsters turning up for the tournament whose aim was to identify young talent,” hlomisi told the Lesotho Times.
“Not only were the kids motivated, I can also tell you that they are very talented and the future looks bright for tennis in this country.”
hlomisi further said the tournament was attended by male and female under-14, 12 and 10 players .
“The association sponsored the competition and gave out trophies to outstanding individuals in all the categories,” said hlomisi.
“We are working with schools to spot talent and the way things turned out at the weekend tells us that the partnership is working out very well.
“We will stage another competition in December and the good thing is KFC has come on board and will be sponsoring the event, which means that it will be even bigger and better.”
The initiative to focus on the grassroots came after Lesotho won a bronze medal at the 2015 All-africa Games held in the Congo, hlomisi added.
“That was a big boost for local tennis; it encouraged us to continue putting more energy into talent-identification.
“We get equipment from the International Tennis Federation to invest in young talent and this is exactly what we are doing.
“I would also like to thank the parents of the kids who have been very supportive and turned out in big numbers to watch the children play at the weekend.
“One of the parents ended up sponsoring the tournament with 80 sandwiches and energy drinks.
“We really appreciated this gesture and gave us the strength to continue with our talent-identification initia-
Winners Under-10 (boys): Mpho Leshoele (gold) Tankiso Nyoko (silver).
Under-12 singles Boys: Refiloe Tjoboko (gold medal), Neo Maine (silver) Girls: Kamohelo Khobotle Moipone Ntšoeu (silver)
Under-14 Boys: Palling Sempe (gold), Lerato Mathibela (silver) Girls: nthabiseng Mohapi Sthembile Mabuse (silver)