Care and attention to young people. This is the slogan, the mission of the Tennis World Tour, a splendid initiative that is underway at the Van der Stel Tennis Club in Stellenbosch, South Africa. It is an initiative linked to the Tennis World Foundation project.
The foundation has chosen tennis as a tool to guarantee a future for many children, while the TWT has interesting competitive ambitions. It is a circuit of tournaments, both youth and Open, which have relaunched the competitive activity in the area and will accompany many athletes from now to the end of 2020.
On 6th-7th October four tournaments reserved for the very young were played: The Under-11 and Under-13 categories, both for boys and girls. The success was extraordinary: 61 players joined, a sign that the entire South African movement is realizing the goodness of the initiative.
To guarantee as many games as possible for the younger tennis players, the round-robin formula is used with groups of 3-4 players and the best players reaching the knockout phase. The most interesting event was the boys’ Under-13, which was played by the promising Pieter Kotze.
He is a boy born in 2007 who was no. 2 in the country in his age category, and is currently still in the top-10. Asserting his quality, Kotze imposed himself without losing a set, beating his peer Reynecke Fouche in the final by the score of 4-2, 4-2.
The matches are played with the formula already tested at the Next Gen Finals, with sets at the best of four games, possible tie-break at 3-3 and dec no Ad at 40-40. Also, a super tiebreaker is played in place of the third set.
It is a format particularly suitable for young people, because it allows them to play more games in a short time and gets them used to playing several points under pressure. The presence of some boys from the Tennis World Foundation project should be noted.
Among them, again in the Under-13 tournament, Oyama Fikiso stood out. Confirming his growth, he pushed himself to reach the semi-final in which he surrendered to the unattainable Kotze. The Tennis World Academy project confirms its goodness with the good results of its students.
The successes of the Italian Giacomo Coppini (born in 2009), who reached the semi-finals of the Under-11 tournament and in the quarter-finals among the Under-13s, should be noted. Similar results for his peer Ethan Pieber, who took an extra step, while Warwick Toop, who in the Under-11 tournament went all the way to the final, after having narrowly won his semi-final against Coppini (almost a year younger than him), which ended 10-8 at the super tie-break.
More generally, the TWT project is growing both in quality and in numbers. Having said that women's tournaments have gone to Christie Kotze (Under-11) and Shiloh Daniels (Under-13), the feeling is that growth is unstoppable.
Under 11 gils Under 13 Girls Amazing tennis from Lourens Nicolas that won the under 11 boys tournament. It is to be believed that the tour organized with competence and passion by Tennis World Tour will have increasingly important numbers.
We are just at the beginning, because another tournaments are planned between now and the end of the year. However, it is important to point out the absolutely humanitarian spirit of the project: 50% of the proceeds derived from registrations are donated to the Tennis World Foundation, while the rest is used to maintain the circuit itself, subsidizing referees and organizers, as well as finding balls, trophies, and all the material necessary for the realization of the events.
Without forgetting that the results of the TWT tournaments are valid for the UTR, a universal ranking created by Oracle that has revolutionized amateur tennis, guaranteeing level uniformity to tournaments all over the world.
An unstoppable growth. AFTER TWO TOURNAMENTS ... THIS I THE CIRCUIT RANKING
(the best 8 will play the MAster) UNDER 11 BOYS UNDER 11 GIRLS UNDER 13 BOYS UNDER 13 GIRLS