Tennis South Africa has announced a new partnership with the Women's Tennis Association to bring a WTA Future Stars event to the country this year.
WTA Future Stars is a singles competition for girls in the under-14 and under-16 age categories, which culminates in a global final held in the lead-up to the WTA Finals in Shenzhen - the WTA’s season finale which will be held in China from 1 to 8 November.
The South African leg of WTA Future Stars will be hosted as part of the 2020 Junior Nationals - taking place in Bloemfontein from 26-31 March. The girls who win under-14 and under-16 singles titles, respectively, will earn the right to represent South Africa at the WTA Future Stars global final in Shenzhen.
"WTA Future Stars is a fantastic initiative and will add an exciting new dimension to our Junior Nationals,” said Richard Glover, CEO of TSA. “It will also provide two of our emerging young female players with a unique life experience - both on and off the court. We believe this new collaboration with the WTA will lead to other exciting opportunities for South African female tennis players, in the coming years."