The hosts will be joined by five schools; St. Stithians Girls’ College and St. Mary’s (both from Johannesburg), Pearson Girls’ School from Port Elizabeth, Cradock High School from Eastern Cape and an invitation team.
Each team consist of 7 players and 2 coaches/managers. Each team will play each other. On Thursday, 23rd, and Friday, 24th, each team will play 2 matches and one match each on Saturday morning, 25th. The tournament organiser, Stefan van Schalkwyk of Eunice, is thrilled that the school will finally host an event of this calibre.
“We felt that we put a lot of effort into tennis at school, so therefore a tennis festival is what we need to have,” Van Schalkwyk told Courant.
“We take our teams to a lot of festivals we are invited to. On top of that, there are a lot of our players doing well; playing in the national teams, so we thought it would be best to start our own festival and prepare them well,” he added.
Van Schalkwyk highlighted that the main reason to have the festival in the fourth term is because the matriculants, who play in the team, would be out by then and this gives coaches a chance to look at other players.
“The main idea is for coaches to bring young players into the team to see where the standard and the level of tennis will be for next year, seeing that it will be the first time they will be playing without their matriculants.
Meanwhile, Grey College will also host its annual tennis festival the same week. Van Schalkwyk said this would create a fun and amazing tennis environment to have both festivals at the same time.
“The idea also came up after realising that Grey always have their festival in October. So, we thought having this festival at the same time as Grey would be a good idea. With the school’s tennis courts just opposite each other, it would create a fun and amazing tennis environment,” he concluded.