By Jongile Xuba | 2020-08-01
Tennis - Acers Sports Academy Tennis Club will host the first ever three part series tennis tournament sponsored to the tune of E60 000 by the club.
This was revealed by Acers Sports Academy captain Bruce Gama during the launch of the tournament at MTN Club House in Ezulwini yesterday.
The three part series begins next weekend with the first two sponsored to a tune of E15 000 and the third E30 000.
“We are happy to announce as a club that we will be sponsoring three tournaments which will lead up to the Acers Open in November. Each tournament will be played at the beginning of the month with the third being an invitational with the Mozambique national team. We are excited to be part of what will be a huge step forward for local tennis,” he said.
Gama also thanked the Eswatini National Tennis Association (ENTA) for all their support in setting up the competition.
“We thank ENTA for all the support and guidance they have given us over their term in office. This will really help a lot of local players gain competitive experience and exposure when we invite the Mozambican national team,” he said.
The captain also revealed that the competition would be a men’s only singles tournament which is open to anyone who has played tennis.
Meanwhile ENTA President Maxwell Jele applauded Acers on their announcement and assured them they had the full support of the association.
“We applaud Acers for this historic achievement and once again leading by example in trying to improve the sport locally.
Last year they hosted the first ever international competition which was a success.
We are committed to assisting them in any way needed and are happy to see their growth,” he said.
The president further urged other clubs to follow in Acers’ example, calling on all local players to step up and get in shape for the upcoming tournament.
The competition will be held at the National Tennis Centre in Lobamba starting on August 8th until the 9th. Also worth mentioning is the lucrative prize money up for grabs; winners of the first two tourney’s will take home E5 000 whilst the runners –up take home E2 800. Semi-finalists will get E1 000 whilst quarter-finalistS get E300 each. The winner of the third tourney will take home a whopping E15 000 making it one of the largest tennis pots.
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