KM SPORT PREMIER TENNIS CHALLENGE RETURNS TO EAST LONDON 2021

Updated: Feb 10


DELIEN KLEINHANS AND BENJAMIN LOCK WIN TITLES IN EAST LONDON

East London, South Africa, 03 February 2021 – Top seed Delien Kleinhans and second seed Benjamin Lock won the women and men’s singles titles, respectively, on the final day of the R120 000 KM Sport Premier Challenge at Selbourne Park Tennis Club in East London on Tuesday.

Kleinhans, 18, defeated second seed Heike van Vuuren in a three setter. Kleinhans lost the first set 3-6 but she managed to come back strongly and won the next two sets 6-4 6-4 to claim the title.

Kleinhans returned to the court for the doubles final with Van Vuuren. The top seeds topped Eastern Cape second seeded pair of Karli Roux and Lente Taljard 6-4, 6-3 to bag the doubles title.

Up next for Kleinhans is the Ilana Kloss International - Women’s ITF $25,000 World Tour event to be held in Potchefstroom from Monday. Kleinhans has been awarded a wild card entry into the qualifying tournament which will be played on Sunday.

In the men’s singles final, KwaZulu-Natal’s Benjamin Lock proved too strong for Dylan Smith. Lock eased past Smith, winning 6-1 6-1 to claim the title.

Final Results

Singles

Boys

Under-12

[2] Hlumani KEKANA (WC) bt [4] Henk VAN DER POST (NC) 6-2 6-1

Under-14

[1] Nhlakanipho NGWENYA (GC) bt [2] Fourie VERMEULEN (FS) 6-4 6-3

Under-16

[4] Gareth IGESUND (WC) bt [1] Cornel LIEBENBERG (FS) 6-4 6-3

Open

[2] Benjamin LOCK (KZN) bt Dylan SMITH (WC) 6-2, 1-6, 7-5

Girls

Under-12

[1] Milan SWANEPOEL (WC) bt Julia KOCKOTT (WC) 6-0 6-0

Under-14

[2] Ile LATEGAN (WC) bt [1] Abigayel VOSLOO (EC) 6-3 6-1

Under-16

Donna LE ROUX (FS) bt [1] Kaitlyn RAMDUTH (KZN) 6-4 6-1

Open

[1] Delien KLEINHANS (FS) bt [2] Heike JANSE VAN VUUREN (WC) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4


Photo Caption:

Tennis44.jpg – Top seed Delien Kleinhans and second seed Benjamin Lock won the women and men’s singles titles, respectively, on the final day of the R100 000 KM Sport Premier Challenge at Selbourne Park Tennis Club in East London on Tuesday.

Picture Credit: Supplied







Pre-Event Press Release


The Kaya Majeke Sport Premier Tennis Challenge will take centre stage with the country’s best players set to do battle for top honours at Selbourne Park in East London from 29th January to 3 February 2021.


This Premier prize-money tennis event will be contested in four age group categories – under 12, 14, 16 and Open for boys, girls, men, and women.


A generous total pot of R120 000 in prize money and vouchers are up for grabs, with the men’s and women’s Open singles winners each taking home R20 000 apiece.


Chanel Simmonds, the country’s top women’s player who had an outstanding showing at last year’s event claiming the women’s title will be among the top attractions. The 28-year-old is currently on tour in Cairo, Egypt.


2020 champions – Alec Beckley, Lwazi Ngwenya and Johan Coetzee, will also do battle in East London.


The tournament which was first launched in 2020 is endorsed by Tennis SA and Tennis Eastern Cape and is being hosted by KM Sports, in association with the Eastern Cape Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Buffalo City Metro municipality, and Premier Hotel Group.

The event will be filmed and aired 10 days later on SuperSport - on the Sports Trust and Let’s Play magazine programmes.


The entry deadline of 22 January 2021 is fast approaching and Tournament Director Kaya Majeke, urges players to enter and reassured players of the stringent COVID-19 safety protocols that will be in place.


“There is still lot of concerns and uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic as the country is battling an intense second wave, so we are very conscious of the threat posed by the pandemic and we will be putting stringent measures in place. All social distancing, isolation and hygiene protocols will be rigorously implemented.


“We are slowly receiving entries and urge players to enter before the entry deadline to be part of the second edition of the KM Sport Premier Challenge.


“We will be pitting every South African player in a tournament that showcases very high tennis quality and overall competitiveness.”


KM SPORT PREMIER TENNIS CHALLENGE RETURNS TO EAST LONDON 202139Entries are now open via https://tsa.sportyhq.com/tournament



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