TuksTennis takes on Sun City

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TuksTennis competed in the 2018 Sun City Wilson SA Universities Tennis Tournament between 13 and 16 April. The purpose of the tournament is to prepare and introduce all of the universities for the upcoming. tennis season. The tournament is composed of round robin format along with the world tennis format. The first team, Tuks 1 beat Kovsies (UFS) with a score of four matches to one and achieving a final score of 31.23. Kyla Yelverton, TuksTennis chairperson, Kyla Yelverton, commended this victory and said, “The first team had one of their biggest wins by beating Kovsies for the first time in ten years.” This secured the team’s spot in the semi-final round robin section.

The first team went on to play NWU in the semi-finals who they narrowly lost with a score of 21-26. Tuks 2 played Maties 2 resulting in a victory, securing a win in their section of the tournament. Tuks 3 won a match against Maties 3, securing an overall eighth place in the tournament. Yelverton discussed the objectives the club had set for themselves. “Ultimately, preparing for Sun City the goal was to win it, it was quite an emotional day beating Kovsies and then losing to North West University” she said. However, reflecting on the outcome, she said the UP team did well. “Kovsies […] won the tournament which is positive for TuksTennis as Tuks [was] the only team Kovsies lost to,” Yelverton said. Yelverton stressed the importance of mental preparation when going into competition, saying it “creates a winning mind-set for the team and [helps in] maintaining a positive environment at any practice and match that we play.

It is a matter of training like winners and making sure every individual in the team believes that we can win.” The team is currently training for their upcoming events the Gauteng North Mixed and Men’s League, which respectively take place on 5 and 6 May. These leagues will run consecutively on weekends until 9 and 10 June of. USSA, the highlight of the clubs season, is scheduled to take place from 2 July in Bloemfontein.


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