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
11 Years Old
11-year old Siyolise was welcomed to the “MATCH FAMILY” in 2019. Since joining, she has embraced her tennis and fitness coaching as well as her academic learning with passion and enthusiasm.
She is currently living in the AHTA residence sponsored by Match and balancing her academic and tennis development.
We are proud to give her this opportunity and will be there to support her dream of one day becoming a tennis champion.
11 Years Old
Israel joined MATCH in 2020 after relocating from Namibia to Cape Town with his family. He is an extremely talented young man and his passion, determination, and commitment are quite extraordinary.
Year on year he has exceled – often winning tournaments against players older than himself.
Israel was invited to participate in the IMG Future Stars Invitational Tournament in Athens in April 2022. This is the most prestigious U12 tournament in the world with only 48 players being selected worldwide https://imgfuturestars.com.
His coach Anthony Harris says he is a “special kid” who will go far.
14 Years Old
This hugely talented young man was referred by the Westridge Tennis Centre in Durban. He relocated to Cape Town to take up a full MATCH scholarship in 2020.
Siyabonga recently represented South Africa in the U14 Zonal team at the African Junior Team Championships. The team won the U14 competition, qualifying them to compete in the African Juniors Team Competition to be held in Cairo, Egypt in June 2022. The winner of this event will go through to the Junior Davis Cup Finals.
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.
15 Years Old
Leo has been a MATCH beneficiary, 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.
In 2022, he was awarded an ITF Grand Slam Player Grant which is funded by the Grand Slam Player Development Programme. This award is a true accolade of his talent and determination to become a tennis champion.
Leo won his first Singles ITF titles in KwaZulu-Natal early in 2022 and followed these up with another Singles ITF title in Namibia. He currently has a Junior ITF ranking of 253 in the world.
Leo was our first “MATCH kid” and is very special to us.
17 Years Old
Jayden relocated from Gauteng to Cape Town in 2020 to pursue his dream of “becoming a tennis champion”.
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.
16 Years Old
Celina joined MATCH in January 2022 and is a welcome addition to the family.
Since joining the Academy, Celina reached her maiden ITF Singles Final in Bloemfontein in February and went on to win back to back ITF singles titles in Bulawayo in May/June.
Celina is currently staying in the AHTA residence sponsored by Match.
We look forward to providing her with all the support and encouragement she needs to achieve her dream of being a tennis champion.
12 Years Old
Siyanda is one of our newest beneficiaries having joined MATCH in January 2022. He relocated from George to take up this opportunity and is currently staying in the AHTA residence sponsored by MATCH.
We are proud to have him with us and look forward to seeing his progress both on the court and academically.
13 Years Old
Oluhle is another of our new beneficiaries who joined MATCH in January 2022.
He is currently living in the AHTA residence sponsored by MATCH after relocating from Port Elizabeth.
We are happy to have welcomed him into the MATCH family and are excited to see his progress on the court and academically.
14 Years Old
MATCH was pleased to welcome Tshepang into the MATCH family in January 2022.
He relocated from Gauteng to Cape Town and currently lives in the AHTA residence sponsored by MATCH.
We look forward to supporting his tennis and academic development in the months and years to come.
Megan van Vuuren, Angelica van Vuuren and Logan Matthysen
10, 13 and 14 Years Old Respectively
Match and AHTA continue to support the following players, and are super proud of their results both on the tennis court and academically.
ACHIEVEMENTS BY PAST MATCH BENEFICIARIES
25 Years Old
Lloyd made his debut at Wimbledon in June 2019 taking a set off Roger Federer. Since then he has gone on to compete in many international tournaments.
Lloyd reached a career high of top 31 in September 2021, beating several of the world’s top ranked players, Rafael Nadal,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.
18 Years Old
Mikaeel was one of our first “MATCH kids” and we are so proud of him!
Having reached a career high International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior ranking of 168 and having represented South Africa on multiple occasions, Mikaeel was 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.
18 Years Old
Kelly’s junior tennis career culminated in 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.
In the same year she was awarded a tennis scholarship to study at Tyler Junior College in Texas USA. She excelled in her first year and was elected onto the President’s list which is an amazing achievement.
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.