Beach Tennis is heading back to the garden route this December for the second edition of the KIA Summer Slam tour, with tournament organisers expecting 2019 to be even bigger and better than last year’s debut.
So far confirmed to enter are a host of some of the top beach tennis stars including defending champions Alessandro Calbucci (Men’s world number 1) and Michele Cappelletti (Men’s world number 2).
Russian world number 4 Nikita Burmakin and Italian world number 5 Tommaso Giovannini will also be making the trip to South Africa to attend.
With many more of the top 50 ranked players set to compete alongside a healthy contingent of home-grown talent, South African fans are in for a spectacular showcase of the best beach tennis has to offer.
Home support is likely to rally around local stars (Men) Michael de Jongh, Ryan Brookshaw, Jody Claassen, (Women) Helga Jeske, Lynn Kiro and Kyla Yelverton who represented South Africa at the recent World Team Championship in Moscow, finishing in a respectable 15th place finish, and will be looking to make a name for themselves on home turf.
At the heart of the action are the men’s and women’s draw of the ITF $35,000 tournament which is one of the 6 largest prize money events on the tour.
In the two weeks preceding the $35,000 event in Plettenberg Bay, two more prize money events will be held in the Eastern Cape starting with the ITF $3,000 at Kings Beach in Port Elizabeth from 6-8 December and Cape St Francis $3,000 from 10-12 December. From 14-17 December Central Beach in Plettenberg Bay will play host to another ITF $3,000 event as a warm-up tournament to the $35,000 event.
The four events which make up the KIA Summer Slam beach tennis tour will all be ITF ranking tournaments.
The KIA Summer Slam beach tennis tour will take place as follows:
- 6 to 8 December – Port Elizabeth (Kings Beach) $3,000
- 10 to 12 December – Cape St Francis (Cape St. Francs Resort) and St. Francis (Quayside Restaurant) $3,000
- 14 to 17 December – Plettenberg Bay (Central Beach) $3,000
- 18 to 21 December – Plettenberg Bay (Central Beach) $35,000
About KIA Motors (www.kia.co.za)
KIA Motors is Korea’s oldest manufacturer of motor vehicles, producing more than 3 million KIA vehicles annually at 14 manufacturing and assembly operations in five countries, which are then sold and serviced through a network of distributors and dealers covering around 180 countries. KIA Motors South Africa was founded in 1998, and is a division of Motus. It has a network spanning more than 75 dealerships throughout South Africa, including Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe, and offers a full range of passenger vehicles and light commercial vehicles. KIA is the major sponsor of the Australian Open. KIA Motors South Africa is the official sponsor of Team South Africa in Davis Cup, and a proud partner to Tennis South Africa.
About Tennis South Africa (www.tennissa.co.za)
Tennis South Africa is the governing body for the sport of tennis in South Africa. The Federation oversees all aspects of the game – including schools, juniors, seniors, development, tournaments and South Africa’s participation in both the Davis and Fed Cups.
In early 2017 TSA launched an ambitious new eight-year growth plan to revitalise the sport of tennis in South Africa. New formats – like beach tennis – being a key pillar of the plan.