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SA Spring Open

Tournament Venue

Ellis Park Tennis Courts

29 Bertrams Road

New Doornfontein

Johannesburg

2094

SA Spring OPEN

The South African Spring Open (The Spring Open) is a premier tennis event that will showcase the best of South Africa’s tennis aces competing against both their continental and international counterparts.

 

The inaugural edition of this annual Spring Open tournament is pencilled to take place from 23rd to 29th September of 2019, in Johannesburg.

 

The tournament is endorsed by the National Association, Tennis South Africa (TSA) and sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

For the growth of tennis

South Africa has over the years produced some of the

world’s best tennis players including current world

number 8 Kevin Anderson, former world number 3

Amanda Coetzer and two-time Grand slam champion

Lucas Sithole.  When Kevin Anderson the US Open final in 2017 to set up a clash with Rafael Nadal, we were reminded that South Africa has always been a part and feature of top level tennis.

 

Other notable ex and current tennis players Cliff Drysdale, Kevin Curren, Lucas Sithole, Johan Kriek, Wayne Ferreira, Kgothatso Montjane, and Liezel Huber are not only a confirmation of the depth of tennis excellence that is to be found in South Africa, but also of the need to continuously develop and nurture talent, while providing platforms for top level competition and growth

 

The Spring Open will rekindle the passion, generate enthusiasm and the love for the sport, while bringing a focus on the development of tennis to a sport loving country.

The Tournament

The Spring Open is a first of its kind in Africa, comprising of a Wheelchair Tennis ITF Grade 2 tournament and an able-bodied ITF $15,000 Transitional Tour tournament -  for both men and women.

 

Over 160 participants, from across the world,  will take part in the action.

ELlis park

The tournament will be held at the iconic Ellis Park Tennis Precinct, Johannesburg. This  “old lady” of South African tennis boasts 17 hard courts which will showcase some 200 matches that week.

tennis development

Besides its sporting, entertainment and commercial offerings, the tournament will be developmental, aimed at providing international competition for South African tennis players in their own country.

 

The tournament fits into what is at the centre of the  Association of Tennis Professionals, ATP’s vision of safeguarding the sport beyond the “Big 4” Grand Slam tournaments – Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.

 

The sport has a glorious history of producing global icons, recognised for their achievements on and off the court.  The Spring Open aims to be the hotbed for the development of future stars 

 

Spectators, fans and tennis enthusiasts from all backgrounds  are expected to attend, with the spotlight falling on  Tennis South Africa’s objective of growing the sport in every corner of South Africa.

Competition

Prize-money will be awarded  in the following categories:

 

Able-bodied:

$15,000

Men’s Division (Singles & Doubles)

$15,000

Women’s Division (Singles & Doubles)

 

Wheelchair Tennis:

$22,000

Men’s Division (Singles & Doubles)

Women’s Division (Singles and Doubles)

Quads’ Division (Singles and Doubles)

 

All players will receive gift packs in recognition of their  participation in the tournament .