SA’s two fu­ture ten­nis stars

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TWO ris­ing ju­nior ten­nis play­ers have been in­cluded in the new Ju­nior Na­tional Squads for 2018 and ear­marked for high per­for­mance train­ing camps by Ten­nis South Africa (TSA).

Fol­low­ing the Growth­point Ju­nior Mas­ters in Potchef­stroom re­cently, Dur­ban’s Kait­lyn Ram­duth and Imaad Lor­gat of Cape Town were named in TSA’s girls un­der-12 and boys un­der-14 squads re­spec­tively.

Imaad, who trains at the An­thony Har­ris Ten­nis Academy in the Mother City, and Kait­lyn will ben­e­fit from cen­tralised high per­for­mance ini­tia­tives and train­ing camps, ac­cord­ing to TSA.

TSA squads are not na­tional teams, and the play­ers per­for­mances will be re­viewed in six months’ time, said the na­tional gov­ern­ing body.

The pair were se­lected af­ter TSA iden­ti­fied a short­list of about 20-30 play­ers per age group and gen­der. The short­list was based on the play­ers’ 2018 age group and their TSA rank­ing. TSA’s trans­for­ma­tion pol­icy was also taken into ac­count.

Kait­lyn has al­ready made strides lo­cally, and ear­lier this year she com­peted in the 2017 Na­tions Cup in Italy. It was the sec­ond time she was se­lected to rep­re­sent South Africa. Pre­vi­ously she par­tic­i­pated in the South­ern African Ju­nior Teams Cham­pi­onship, where Team South Africa emerged cham­pi­ons af­ter beat­ing Botswana, Zim­babwe and Mada­gas­car.

Kait­lyn, who is in Grade 5 at Maris Stella, started play­ing ten­nis when she was 5. Two years ago the Maria Shara­pova fan was se­lected for the top 16 elite squad to com­pete in the Ten­nis South Africa Mas­ters U12 tour­na­ment.

Lor­gat re­cently fin­ished run­ner-up in the boy’s un­der-12 Gold sin­gles in the Western Prov­ince Mini Se­ries 5 in Ron­de­bosch and won the dou­bles in the Western Prov­ince Grand Prix in Cape Town.

Imaad Lor­gat and Kait­lyn Ram­duth have been in­cluded in Ten­nis South Africa’s ju­nior na­tional squads.

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