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Wimbledon star to support at SU

South African tennis ace Raven Klaasen announced that he will be the ambassador of the upcoming Digicall Futures to be played in Stellenbosch.

The Digicall ITF Futures Series will be staged at the Maties Tennis Club on the grounds of Stellenbosch University (SU) from 17 November to 9 December. This is the fourth year of the series.

Klaasen said he was honoured to be part of the three back-to-back international tournaments for men and women which he felt were an important launching pad for young South Africans on the international stage.

“The Digicall Futures plays a vital role in the development of future stars. Lloyd Harris got his breakthrough into professional tennis through the tournament which he dominated resulting in him climbing up the world rankings. Also 15-year-old junior sensation Kholo Montsi won his first ATP point at these Futures which inspired him to greater heights,” said Klaasen.

Klaasen confirmed that he would attend a few days of each weeklong tournament to meet and speak to the junior players and sponsors and watch the talent on hand. “I look forward to being in Stellenbosch. I want to offer help and advice to our juniors and there is no better way than meeting them face to face and watching them play in the flesh.”

Tennis South Africa (TSA) confirmed that they were now a “shareholder” in the Tennis NPO that runs the Stellenbosch Futures. Klaasen welcomed the news and said that in his discussions with TSA to become an ambassador it was evident that TSA is planning to build on the success of the Futures by bringing more international tennis to South Africa in the future.

Being a proud Capetonian, Klassen had full praise for Stellenbosch and Stellenbosch University who he said were “increasingly becoming an important centre for tennis in South Africa”.

“I can confirm that TSA has signed a partnership agreement with SU to build a national tennis centre at the university. The project is in its early stages, but it will certainly help in the development of future stars,” he said.

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