Cape The city – It could be termed a Cinderella go back to the once-teeming South African match tennis circuit after a scarcity of 7 years when an ATP Challenger 50 tournament is staged on the North-West College in Potchefstroom from March 7, 2020.
The development will boast a reasonably modest R500 000 in general prize cash and its Challenger 50 class is on the backside of the heap of the 13 match ranges by which the ATP is concerned.
And now, after all, the query must be raised as as to if a Prince Fascinating shall be coming near near, with a reasonably interesting and robust access in this revived instance and incentives to tempt probably the most height avid gamers on this planet to return right here sooner or later.
For the interim, Tennis South Africa (TSA), who remaining week launched the scoop in their belated match step forward with assistance from sponsors Octagon, will do properly to curl the patriotic hands of height South African avid gamers Kevin Anderson, Lloyd Harris and global No 8-ranked doubles specialist, Raven Klaasen – in addition to a pair extra of the arena’s height 100 avid gamers – to make the trek to the well-equipped, however off the overwhelmed observe tennis venue in Potchefstroom.
If this will have to occur, TSA may just properly believe improving the standing of Challenger match by means of additionally stating it the South African Open, remembering such an integral tournament used to be remaining staged 8 years in the past when Anderson emerged the victor, however previously has boasted icons of the calibre of Rod Laver and Jimmy Connors, in addition to South Africa’s personal Eric Sturgess as champions.
In the long run, after all, if and when the South African Open regains its outdated glory, it could wish to go back to a Johannesburg venue – or a minimum of some other metropolitan town like Cape The city or Durban.
As to what is going to be making up the sector in pedantic Potchefstroom within the interim, the silence in gleaning a reaction from TSA CEO Richard Glover used to be greater than deafening.