We are immensely proud that through our partnership with the Anthony Harris Tennis Academy, MATCH is providing wonderful opportunities for talented young tennis players to not only achieve excellence in tennis but to also gain tennis scholarships to top universities and colleges worldwide.
Achievements by current MATCH beneficiaries
10 years old
10-year-old Siyolise was welcomed to the “MATCH FAMILY” in 2019. Her talent was spotted in a YouTube video showing her practicing on a wall in Franschhoek. Recognising her talent and passion for the game, Anthony and Dionne Harris invited Siyo to try out at the Academy, resulting in MATCH giving her a full scholarship to join the High Performance Development Program, as well as the Academic Learning program.
We are proud to give her this opportunity and will be there to support her dream of one day becoming a tennis champion.
10 years old
Israel joined MATCH in 2020 after relocating from Namibia. He is an extremely talented young man and his passion, determination, and commitment are quite extraordinary in someone so young. Israel, aged 10, has won several under 12 tournaments in Cape Town, and the under 16 gold category in Namibia.
His coach Anthony Harris says he is a “special kid” who will go far.
13 years old
This hugely talented young man was referred to us by the Westridge Tennis Centre in Durban, and relocated to Cape Town in 2020 to join the Academy. Despite never having had private coaching before, Siyabonga has excelled in the High Performance Development program under the expertise of top class coaches who have worked on moulding this raw talent, into a highly skilled tennis player.
Siyabonga was a finalist in the South African Junior Nationals in 2020. He was also selected for the African Junior Team Championships (AJTC) under 14 team to Egypt.
We are excited at his progress both on the tennis court and academically, and look forward to opening all the right doors for this talented young man.
14 years old
Leo has been training full-time at the Anthony Harris Tennis Academy since the age of 7 (2014). His dedication and hard work earned him a ranking of No. 1 in Africa in 2020.
Leo has won titles in the Mauritius Confederation of African Tennis (CAT) tour and the Growth Point Super 8, and has been selected to represent South Africa on numerous occasions. He is currently playing the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior circuit and working hard on his academic program.
Leo was our first “MATCH kid” and is very special to us.
15 years old
Jayden relocated from Gauteng to Cape Town in 2020 to pursue his dream of “becoming a tennis champion”. He had reached a national high of No. 1 in under 12 in 2017.
Jayden works hard at both his tennis program and his academics, producing his best at all times. In 2021 he was selected to represent South Africa at the U16 African Junior Team Championships (AJTC) event in Egypt.
17 years old
Kelly and her brother Robbie have been part of the “MATCH FAMILY” since 2016.
Her strength and determination is her best quality, and she has made good use of all the opportunities afforded her in the past five years.
Kelly’s junior tennis career has culminated with her selection for the South Africa ladies National team at the Billy Jean King (BJK) Cup – previously the Federation (FED) Cup in Lithuania in 2021.
Kelly has represented South Africa several times in the U14, U16 and U18 age groups, and was a finalist in the South African Junior Nationals U18 in 2020.
She has three International Tennis Federation (ITF) singles titles, and one ITF doubles title. We are so proud and excited that she has been awarded a tennis scholarship to study at Tyler Junior College in Texas USA. We have no doubt that Kelly will continue to make us proud and turn every opportunity into a positive and successful step in her life.
18 years old
Mikaeel was also one of our first “MATCH kids” and we are so proud of him!
We have watched him develop from a shy 12-year-old, to a well built, tall and handsome young man. Mikaeel has thrived at the Anthony Harris Tennis Academy, and has taken full advantage of all of his opportunities.
Having reached a career high International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior ranking of 168 and having represented South Africa on multiple occasions, Mikaeel has been awarded a tennis scholarship to study at Tyler Junior College in Texas USA.
This will be a life changing experience for him and we wish him every success.
19 years old
Robbie concluded his junior career by winning the coveted Tennis South Africa Junior Masters Title in Potchefstroom and was honoured by the Federation for his contribution to junior tennis and for being a role model for upcoming young players.
Winning 13 singles and doubles titles, Robbie reached a career high Junior ranking of 177.
Having recently acquired his first Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) ranking points, Robbie will attempt the tough transition to Professional status.
We wish him luck with his 2022 campaign on the Professional tour and any other goals he wishes to pursue in the future.
Achievements by past MATCH beneficiaries
24 years old
Lloyd made his debut at Wimbledon in June 2019, taking a set off Roger Federer in the first round! He went on the lead the South Africa Davis Cup team in their win against Bulgaria in Cape Town in September 2019, resulting in their promotion to World group 1. In January 2020, he again represented South Africa in the first Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Cup team event in Brisbane Australia.
Lloyd reached a career high of top 50 in 2021, beating several of the world’s top ranked players Gaël Monfils, Stan Wawrinka, Denis Shapovalov, Kei Nishikori, Dominic Thiem, and Grigor Dimitrov. With Anthony Harris as his coach since 2012, Lloyd is an inspiration to all of the MATCH/AHTA young tennis players and loves to join them on court for training sessions in Cape Town.
21 years old
After training at the AHTA from 2018, and reaching an International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior ranking of 92, Sipho was awarded a tennis scholarship at the University of Illinois. He is now in his 3rd year of studies, and playing outstanding College tennis. Match is proud to have played a role in his development.
18 years old
In January 2020 Kholo reached an International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior ranking of 12 in the world. This extremely talented young player has now moved on, and is carving out a place for himself in the Pro Tennis world in the USA.