Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
I AM really worried about the non-development of tennis in South Africa.
Ever since Wayne Ferreira and Amanda Coetzer retired from the sport, there has not been any notable local singles player from South Africa.
As far as I know we don't even have a singles player ranked among the top 100 on the ATP or WTA rankings.
Does this mean that no South African is good enough to compete with the best in the world? Methinks not.
We most certainly have world-class sports people in cricket, rugby, long jump, marathons, boxing and other sporting codes.
We just don't pay enough attention to developing tennis from an early age by ensuring that schools have tennis courts and coaches to identify and develop young talent.
If we have proper tennis development programmes in schools, we will reap rewards of immeasurable proportions.
By producing world beaters we will be producing worthwhile role models for many South Africans and also trigger interest in tennis among South Africans.
Imagine watching a South African playing and doing well in a grand slam, holding his or her own against the world's best.
Wouldn't that make you proud to be South African?
I would be very proud.
Let's create role models and enhance national pride by nurturing talent in tennis and sporting codes in which we lag behind.
Emmanuel Matsebatlela, Pretoria