Revamping of tennis centre

DEVELOPMENT CENTRE: TSA Growthpoint Development Centre at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Complex are: Norbert Sasse, Growthpoint Properties Group CEO, Gavin Crookes, Tennis South Africa president, and Wire Zondi, Gauteng Central tennis president. Photo: Annette van Schalkwyk

TENNIS South Africa, TSA, launched its latest Growthpoint Development Centre, the Arthur Ashe Centre in Johannesburg.

The facility is the second of five TSA Growthpoint Development Centres to be launched in the next few months. The first development centre was launched in Cape Town late last year.

The centre is providing a platform to grow the sport of tennis across the greater Johannesburg area. TSA recognises that for the game of tennis to grow, it needs to make the sport accessible to all communities in South Africa. These new TSA Growthpoint Development Centres are the start of that process.

“The launch of the Growthpoint Development Centres are a key foundation of TSAs new transformation plan. We see them as galvanizing forces for tennis development in the target communities – both from a grassroots participation, as well as a high- performance perspective. The launch of the Soweto centre is a highly symbolic step forward for the federation and it is appropriate that it should be based at the historic Arthur Ashe tennis centre.” said Tennis South Africa CEO, Richard Glover.

Norbert Sasse, the Group CEO of Growthpoint Properties said, “We wanted to sponsor a sport where we could invest at grassroot level and we are delighted to see that our partnership with Tennis South Africa is starting to make an impact. Our intention is to make a lasting difference to the sport of tennis in the country by creating new opportunities for children and adults from all backgrounds to learn, compete and excel. The Growthpoint Development Centres are intended to give tennis players, young and old, space to thrive.”

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Annette van Schalkwyk

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