SOUTH AFRICAN rising stars and Ilana Kloss International wild card recipients enjoyed a two-day training camp ahead of the Women's ITF $25,000 World Tour events in Potchefstroom.
Spearheaded by South Africa’s Billie Jean Cup captain, Roxanne Clarke and Tennis SA Head of Women’s Tennis, Joannette Kruger, the purpose of the camp was to help the wildcard recipients prepare for the tournaments.
Kelly Arends, Leigh van Zyl, Delien Kleinhans, Heike Janse van Vuuren and Ntokozo Zungu attended the camp which was held at the tennis complex at North-West University in Potchefstroom from 3-4 February.
Clarke and Kruger worked the girls on court intensity, mental toughness, positive attitude, and confidence building.
“The purpose of the camp was to help our wildcard recipients prepare for the Ilana Kloss International tournaments. But more importantly to help build relationships and camaraderie between our elite players and next gen players and their coaches,” commented Clarke.
“Unfortunately, the rain hindered our training on Thursday, but this gave us an opportunity to focus on the mental aspects of their games. The girls were very receptive and worked hard and we feel like they are going to embrace their opportunity to play in these events, added Clarke.
Kruger, the former world number 21 WTA player, was very happy with the camp despite the rain disruptions, “The rain has been a dampener to our training plans but overall, the camp has been amazing. We are incredibly happy and proud of what we were able to impart to the girls in these two days.”
The first week of the Ilana Kloss International runs from Monday, February 8 to Sunday, February 14 at the North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus.
The second week takes place from Monday, February 15 to Sunday, February 21 at the same venue.
Ilana Kloss International matches will be streamed live via https://360sport.co.za/
Image TSA (Ntokozo Zungu at training preparing for Potchefstroom Camp, NW).