The R20 000 prize money tournament has attracted 150 players from South Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Swaziland. To accommodate its large number of entries, the tournament moves to the Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre, recently unveiled as the TSA Growthpoint Development Centre in Soweto. The tournament will be played over five days, from April 27 to May 1.
Siyabulela Nkachela, Chief Executive Sports Engineer of Tennis Lab SA said: “The African Grand Slam is the melting pot of tennis talent and now in its fifth year, it is sure to continue growing from strength-to-strength. At the heart of the event are our people – who come from all walks of life. Their support has been unwavering and this is why this self-funded tournament has enjoyed success and longevity. We believe it will continue to thrive for years to come.”
Davis Cup players, Bruce Gama (Swaziland), Bayani Moilwa (Botswana), and Fed Cup player, Marieta Nhamitambo (Mozambique) have confirmed their entries for the tournament. Zimbabwe’s former junior Davis Cup players, Tino Engelbert Alufeyo and Malcolm Mutangamiri have also confirmed their entries, as well as former Fed Cup player Nthabiseng Nqosa of Lesotho. – African News Agency (ANA)