TENNIS WORLD TOUR, WHAT A BALANCE IN THE OPEN CATEGORY!



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TENNIS WORLD TOUR, WHAT A BALANCE IN THE OPEN CATEGORY!

The Tennis World Tour continues unabated, a meritorious initiative strongly desired by Federico Coppini and his Tennis World Foundation. The purpose of the TWT is to raise funds for one of the most important charitable foundations related to tennis, as well as favouring the resumption of competitive activity after the socio-economic disasters caused by COVID-19.

The numbers of the TWT are more and more interesting: 245 players have signed up and the calendar has expanded to include – among the various categories – the beauty of 76 tournaments. As is well known, the proceeds for the registrations (excluding out-of-pocket and organizational expenses) go directly to the Tennis World Foundation and its projects.

The collection has just crossed the symbolic wall of 10,000 Rands (the South African currency): to date, the counter shows a collection of 10,248 Rands. But much can still be done, given that there are still several tournaments planned (and several individual challenges, valid for the global UTR ranking: up to now, 86 have been played).

On November 27-28, the Van der Stel Tennis Club in Stellenbosch hosted a men's tournament in the Open category, which is open to all, without age limits. There were fifteen players, divided into five groups of three. On a technical level, it was a triumph for the Tennis World Academy managed by Coppini, with the final played between two players he coached.

In the end, the 17-year-old South African Daniel Wessels won against his compatriot Andre Du Plessis, 20. Wessels managed to close in two sets (with the score of 4-1, 4-3). Along the way, the most complicated match for the winner was the one against his coach.

In a tough battle against Coppini, he won 11-9 in the super tie-break. Also noteworthy was the clear 4-1, 4-0 with which he overtook the expert Ryan Roelofse, 45 who had already reached the semi-final in the first tournament played in September.

Limiting itself to the Open category, the TWT has a competition of eight tournaments plus a Masters that is already scheduled for November 19, 2021, in which the eight players – who will collect the most points in the thirteen tournaments that will take place in these thirteen months – will take part.

The one that was just played was the third after those won by Hermanus (in September) and Gouws (in October). After the break for the Christmas holidays, the circuit will restart with two close tournaments, scheduled for January 29th and February 5th.

It is still early to hypothesize the possible qualifiers for the Masters: just think that after three tournaments there are five players in the lead with equal points. The path is still very long. If the Open circuit is the one with the highest technical level, Tennis World Tour looks at many youngsters, too.

For this reason, there is already great anticipation for the next tournaments. The Van der Stel Tennis Club will be filled with kids on the weekend of 11 December for five tournaments, three boys’ events (Under-11, Under-13, Under-15) and two girls’ events (Under-11 and Under-13): they will be the last for this calendar year.

This is therefore a precious an opportunity to evaluate the progress of South African baby tennis players, as well as guaranteeing important support for the activities of the Tennis World Foundation. A circuit to follow, destined to continue throughout 2021.
Anyone who wants to know more and - why not - contribute to the initiatives of the Tennis World Foundation, can consult the site https://www.tennisworldtour.org/ (that of the circuit ) and https://www.tennisworldfoundation.com/ (that of the foundation). It will be time spent very, very well.