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MUSA Mpondi, a 12-year-old grade 7 pupil from Westville in KwaZulu-Natal, is doing wonders with a tennis racquet and will represent South Africa in an international tournament later this year.
He has challenged other kids from previously disadvantaged backgrounds to consider taking up the sport, saying it is a game in which blacks can excel.
Mpondi, a pupil at Keitsleigh Primary School, has been selected to represent South Africa in either the US or the Philippines with 39 other young tennis players from different provinces around the country in December.
The length of the tour is 10 days.
"I started playing tennis when I was only six. I developed a love for the sport and have been dreaming about it," he said.
Mpondi, who was born in KwaMashu, said the road to success was not an easy ride. He had to practice and put in extra effort before he was noticed.
"Tennis is one sport which black kids don't really participate in, but that did not stop me from dreaming big. It has always been my dream to go and play overseas."
Before he was selected, he had to take part in a number of tournaments.
"There are so many tournaments that I played in before I was selected. But I think my performance during the SA Schools Tournament where we had trials was the one that opened doors for me. I had won almost all my matches before the tournament and the selectors had no choice but to include me.
"I was not selected simply because I am black," he said.
His coach, Sheila Stewart, described Musa as one of the best tennis players they have produced: "He is such a determined player. When he loses, he keeps on trying until he gets it correct. There are a lot of kids who love tennis, but don't practice."
Some of the tournaments he took part in include Joan Johnson, Coca-Cola and Dunlop. Mpondi has been awarded a full scholarship by Glenwood High School because of his success in tennis.