Young­sters court suc­cess at Wil­son ten­nis event

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The 2016 Wil­son R100 000 Chal­lenge is un­der way at the Gaut­eng East Ten­nis Com­plex in Benoni.

The event, fea­tur­ing open men’s and women’s matches as well as boys and girls’ Un­der-14 chal­lenges, started on Wed­nes­day (Free­dom Day) and will con­clude to­mor­row.

The tour­na­ment is mak­ing a re­turn since it was last staged in 2013, thanks to The Golf Racket, dis­trib­u­tors of Wil­son prod­ucts in South Africa.

One of the top ath­letes in the world who uses Wil­son prod­ucts is for­mer world num­ber one Roger Fed­erer, whose mother hails from South Africa.

Elated Ten­nis SA pres­i­dent Gavin Crookes praised Wil­son for its in­volve­ment. “Wil­son’s on­go­ing com­mit­ment to ten­nis in South Africa with a fan­tas­tic ini­tia­tive such as this is com­mended,” he said.

“A tour­na­ment like this af­fords the greater ten­nis fam­ily not only the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate and watch awe­some top-level ten­nis, but also the oc­ca­sion to rekin­dle friend­ships and reaf­firm the pas­sion we all have for ten­nis.”

Semi­fi­nals will be played to­day, with the fi­nals sched­uled to take place to­mor­row.

Prize monies will be paid from the quar­ter­fi­nals, which were played yes­ter­day.

Ju­nior re­cip­i­ents will get vouch­ers to the value of the al­lo­cated prize money, as the rules of ten­nis do not al­low ju­niors to re­ceive mone­tary re­wards.

FO­CUSED Ben­jamin Janse van Ren­sburg is one of the con­tenders

SOLID Vasili Caripi proves his met­tle on court with a good back­hand shot

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