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Tuesday, 28 May 2013 09:34

Tennis: Kearsney Festival a "Warm Up" for French Open

The weather played its role in what turned out to be a top class tennis event, in which some of South Africa’s leading players were seen in action.

 wmprgWayne Montgomery from Paul Roos flew directly to participate in the Junior French Open – having used the Kearsney tournament as a ‘warm up’ for this international event. He is currently ranked number seven in the World ITF Junior Rankings.

Paul Roos proved once again their total dominance of schools tennis in South Africa by winning the 18th annual Invitation Festival held at Kearsney College over the weekend.

It is the 10th time in 18 years that Paul Roos from Stellenbosch has won the Festival. Their clinical domination left the remaining teams to play for second position. In February this year they also gave a superb display of skill and strength, to win their own tennis festival.

Kearsney’s three-day tournament ended on Sunday with another strong tennis outfit, Affies (Afrikaanse Seuns Hoerskool) from Pretoria, coming second.  In the final, Paul Roos managed to beat Affies by 5 matches to 1.

The host side comprised Keegan Foss, Dale Sandy, Brad Porteous, Oliver Thomson, Matthew Bentley, Ben Patton and Lee Brown.

The young Kearsney team performed well and finished in 5th position; losing to Affies and St Stithians but beat Clifton, Selborne and Westville Boys. Grey College finished in 3rd position after a hard fought win over St Stithians.

The organisers are grateful to Sportsmans Warehouse and Wilson for their continued support, as well as to Richdens Spar who provided a “goodie” bag for each player.

Final positions:

  1. Paul Roos, Stellenbosch
  2. Affies, Pretoria
  3. Grey College, Bloemfontein
  4. St Stithians, Johannesburg
  5. Kearsney College, Botha’s Hill
  6. Westville Boys’ High, Durban
  7. Clifton College, Durban
  8. Selborne College, East London

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