KZN to host major junior tennis series

A young Kholo Motsi at the Samaai Junior Open in Cape Town.

A young Kholo Motsi at the Samaai Junior Open in Cape Town.

A KwaZulu-Natal institution will be home to two of three high-profile junior international tennis tournaments coming to South Africa in July and August. This includes the first International Tennis Federation (ITF) Grade 1 event to be held in the country.

Tennis South Africa (TSA) says the uplifting series will open with an ITF Grade 2 tournament at Curro Hillcrest in Durban, followed by an ITF Grade 1 event at the same venue. Both competitions have been made possible with the support of Curro Holdings, according to TSA. The second competition will be the first ITF Grade 1 event to be held in South Africa.

Samaai Junior Open

In another breakthrough for local junior tennis, the third and final tournament of the series will be the Samaai Junior Open, an elite ITF Grade A event to be held at TuksTennis, University of Pretoria. The event will return for the third year but has been moved from Cape Town to Tshwane.

The Samaai Junior Open, named after South African tennis legend David Samaai, will be held in partnership with TuksSport.

This tournament is one of only six junior Grade A tournaments on the international circuit — the others are held in the United States, Japan, Mexico, Italy and Brazil.

Showcasing junior talent from across South Africa and around the world, the finals of all three tournaments will be broadcast live on SABC Sport.

2022 ITF junior tournaments

• July 23-30: Curro ITF Grade 2 (Curro Hillcrest, Durban)

• July 30-August 6: Curro ITF Grade 1 (Curro Hillcrest, Durban)

• August 6-13: ITF Grade A (TuksTennis, University of Pretoria)