Gauteng North Tennis has delayed the start of all league activities this year to give clubs a chance to take part in inter-club championships.
Abram Sehloho, chairman of one of the fastest developing clubs in the area, the Atteridgeville-Saulsville Tennis Club, said normal league play will start next month.
"In the meantime, we are hard at work preparing to take part in the yearly Mmabatho Easter Classic Tournament, an open competition which takes place in Mmabatho on April 16," Sehloho said.
"The association decided to avoid conflicting schedules and give clubs a chance to engage in these tournaments. We are sending players to represent us and have so far identified seven.
"Among them is Nthabiseng Phala, who goes into the tournament occupying top spot in the rankings.
"The tournament is quite big, attracting players from neighboring countries such as Zimbabwe and Namibia, as well as players from as far afield as Nigeria and Kenya," said Sehloho.
In addition to Phala, he said the club will also be represented at the tournament by Tsholofelo Seome, Thabo Sehloho, Makube Morolo, Abel Magagula, Amos Magagula and Mapula Maphutha.
In the domestic league, the men's senior team gained promotion to the prestigious A-Section, where they will be competing with other big clubs when play resumes.