Phikwe to host junior open tourney

Off to Phikwe: Young tennis players will converge in Selebi-Phikwe
Off to Phikwe: Young tennis players will converge in Selebi-Phikwe

Botswana Tennis Association (BTA) will host a junior open tournament in Selebi-Phikwe this weekend where more than 100 players are expected. The tournament will be for the Under-10, 12, 14, and 18, and will attract young players from Gaborone, Orapa, Palapye, Francistown, Serowe, and Tswapong.

Ascentia Bed and Breakfast are the sponsor of the tournament. Speaking to Mmegi Sport, BTA coach Brighton Keteng said the competition is part of the association's development plan. "These tournaments are very important as they help with developing players and keeping them active for international tournaments," Keteng said. Attention turns to local competitions after several tournaments across southern Africa in recent weeks. After hosting the J4 ITF Gaborone Open, the association has had various successes from local players. The likes of Denzel Seetso and Mark Nawa have been playing impressively on the international stage to improve their world rankings.

The Phikwe Open is yet another tournament that is expected to have all the best players in the country battle it out for honours. In recent tournaments, it has been the same players dominating play and judging from their recent performances outside the country, it looks like the same script will continue.

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