During the next few weeks, the North-West University (NWU) will be hosting some of the rising stars of international tennis on its Potchefstroom Campus.
First up will be the Ilana Kloss International – week one (Women’s ITF World Tour) and The North-West University Open (Men’s ITF World Tour event) followed by the Ilana Kloss International – week two (Women’s ITF World Tour) and the Potchefstroom Open (an ATP Challenger 50 event).
The Ilana Kloss International – week one and The North-West University Open, will be held from March 2 to 8, followed by the ATP Challenger 50 and week 2 of the Ilana Kloss International – which will run from March 9 to 15.
The NWU, which has completed phase one of a significant multi-million-rand investment into its tennis facilities, is gearing up for a bumper two weeks of international tennis tournaments.
The events will feature a mix of international and local n tennis players such as South Africa’s top women’s player, Chanel Simmonds, British world no.213 Samantha Sharon, German-Jamaican star, Dustin Brown, men’s world no 227 Alexandre Muller, Evgeny Karlovskiy of Russia and Serbian player Pedja Krstin.
The ITF World Tennis Tour events serve as the entry-level for professional tennis and sit between the ITF Junior World Tennis Tour and the elite levels of women and men’s professional tennis.
Meanwhile, Challenger events are the second-highest level of international men’s ATP tennis tournaments, after the ATP Tour (250, 500 and Masters events). The last ATP Challenger to take place in South Africa was hosted in Soweto in 2013.
Each tournament will include singles and doubles draws for men and women. The tournaments have attracted players from over 25 nations including France, Great Britain, Italy, Serbia, Germany, Spain, Australia, Netherlands, India, and Argentina.
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