The cream of South Africa's tennis players left for Turin, in Italy, to take part in this year's Nike Junior Tour International Masters from yesterday to October 27.
The players are Kaylea Sher from Gauteng Central, Kay-Leigh Nicholas from Border, Jacobus Pieterse from Northern Cape and Wayne Montgomery from Border.
The four will compete against youngsters from countries throughout the world.
The countries taking part are Argentina, Austria, Belgium, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, the US and hosts Italy.
South Africa has a proud record in this tournament and were winners of the team competition in Nice, France, in 2005. They have also played a pivotal role in the staging of the tournament over the past few years.
Lorna Kirsten, who was tournament director of the ATP World Doubles Championships in South Africa, will once again play that role in Turin.
Her involvement began at Sun City in 2001 and she impressed the sponsors to such an extent that she has been part of the team ever since.
Nike Tennis Sports marketing manager Philippe Weiss said: "It is remarkable to think what the Nike Junior Tour has achieved in just 10 years.
"So many top players who began their careers here, some even as young as 10 years, are now stamping their mark in the top echelons of the sport."