EP tennis stars make SA u-15 team to play in UK

Neale Emslie

EASTERN Province tennis juniors Wilanie van Zyl and Jeandre Lessing continue to impress on the national front and will be touring England later this year after being included in the SA High Schools teams.

Van Zyl and Lessing competed for EP in the SA High Schools Championships last month and were both included in the SA High Schools under-15 team for the overseas trip.

The u-15 team will join their u-17 and u-19 counterparts for a tour of the United Kingdom in June, playing matches in Edinburgh and then travelling to London to watch Wimbledon for four days.

Western Province took honours in the u-19 tournament in Pretoria, with Gauteng North and KwaZulu-Natal A taking second and third spots.

In the u-15 event, Gauteng Central were crowned champions with Western Province and hosts Gauteng North finishing second and third respectively.

EP, with Van Zyl sporting an unbeaten record, ended eighth out of 16 teams in the u-15s, while the u-19 side ended with an identical placing.

The SA teams are:

u-19, boys: Ayden Carazedo (Gauteng East); Chevaan Davids (WP); Lutho Kempele, Joshua King (both Border), Ryan Laubser (G East), Joshua Luck (WP)

Girls: Marnel Boshoff (Gauteng North) , Letitia Lourens (SWD), Marinel Lourens (Mpumalanga), Tracy Nkosi (Gauteng East), Hunter Plaatjies, Katie Poluta (both WP) Georgi Willows (KZN)

u-17, boys: Ruben Alberts, Phillip de Bruyn (both Gauteng North), Yaseen Ibrahim (KwaZulu-Natal), Jan Louis Maritz (Boland), Ryhs Milne (Western Province), Mpondi Musawenkosi (KwaZulu- Natal), Michiel van Schoor (Boland)

Girls: Bianca Birkenstock (KwaZulu-Natal), Ansuncia Brits (North West Province), Caitlyn Herb (Gauteng Central), Kiara Maher (Gauteng North), Amy Sarjoo (Gauteng Central), Chelsea Steward (Western Province), Lindsey Truscott (Gauteng North)

u-15, boys: Calvin Jordaan (Western Province), Damon Kesarus (KwaZulu-Natal), Jeandre Lessing (Eastern Province), Sipho Montsi (Gauteng North), Cameron Petersen, Juan-Louis van Antwerpen (both Gauteng Central)

Girls: Lienke de Kock (North West Province), Cindy Dorrington (Boland), Mila Hartig (Gauteng North), Imaan Hassim (Gauteng Central), Anja Lubbe (Northern Cape), Leshika Vala (Mpumalanga), Wilanie van Zyl (Eastern Province)

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