Namibian youngsters top regional tennis tourney

Namibian youngsters top regional tennis tourney

This year’s COSSASA multi-sports games held in Gaborone, Botswana, last month, only attracted three countries in tennis, namely hosts Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

Namibia and Botswana entered teams in the Under-13 team age category for both boys and girls. The Namibian team consisted of:

Girls U/13
Tammy-Ann Lombardt
Lisa Yssel
Hendrina Apollus
Elze Stears

Boys U/13
Johannes Swartz
Diken De-Jongh
Albertus Brinkmann

Girls U/17
Megan Lombardt
Tuna Nkandi
Bronwyn Kavarure

Boys U/17
Dantago Gino Gawanab
Risto Shikongo
Adriaan Bergh
Tevin Tait

Coaches/Team Managers
Melissa Khupe
SP van Wyk

The tennis tournament was played in a round-robin format that saw two players playing singles only and the other two competing in the doubles. Selected to compete in the girls U/13 singles were Lisa Yssel and Hendrina Apollus while Tammy-Ann Lombardt and Elzé Stears teamed up for the doubles.

The boys U/13 singles were led by the pair of Diken De-Jongh and Johannes Swartz, before the latter crossed over to the doubles to team up with the remaining member of the travelling entourage, Albertus Brinkmann.

Girls U/17 singles Bronwyn Kavarure and Megan Lombardt once again teamed up for the doubles with Lombardt also crossing over to join Tuna Nkandi in the doubles.

In the boys U/17 singles, multi-talented Dantago Gino Gawanab and Adriaan Bergh entered the fray, as Namibia’s medal hopefuls, while Risto Shikongo and Tevin Tait teamed up in the doubles. Namibia won most of their matches to be crowned overall winners of the competition.

Meanwhile, Namibia, who had inadequate team members for pairing in some categories, was advised to select and inform the selected players well in advance to avoid sending poor or incomplete teams.

“It would be more helpful for the coach to have a team manager rather than the coach doubling as team manager since there are hopelessly too many responsibilities for the coaches to handle alone.

“We would like to applaud NTA and the NSSU for the opportunity to mentor the future stars of Namibian tennis. We saw it as important to allow the players to travel to international tourneys and experience strong competition.
“This has allowed them to grow and to come back home with a common goal to improve their game. Congratulations to our U/13 and U/17 teams on their gold and bronze medals,” reads a statement from the team managers.

The full results read as follows:
U/13 boys were the gold medal recipients over Botswana
U/13 girls were the gold medal recipients over Botswana
U/17 boys were the bronze medal recipients, while Zimbabwe received silver and Botswana received gold
U/17 girls were the bronze medal recipients while Botswana received silver and Zimbabwe walked away with gold.

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