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 MATCH beneficiaries to-date
22 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 ATP Cup team event in Brisbane Australia, alongside Kevin Anderson, Raven Klaasen, Ruane Roelofsen and Kholo Montsi. He went on to play in the Adelaide International, reaching his first ATP final before being defeated by Andrey Rublev ranked 18 in the world. Lloyd went down to No. 11 in the world – Diego Swartzmann – in the first round of the Australian Open. A really outstanding year has seen Lloyd’s ranking rise to 72 in the world.
20 years old
Sipho reached a world junior ranking of 92 which is an incredible achievement. Thanks to his sports qualifications and commitment to hard work he was offered a scholarship at the University of Illinois in the USA where he is currently entering his second year. We wish him all the best and look forward to following his progress both on and off the court in the months and years to come.
18 years old
2019 was Robbie Arends’ last year as a junior. He won his first ITF singles title followed by back-to-back wins in Botswana and multiple doubles ITF titles. He also won the coveted Tennis South Africa Junior Master title in Potchefstroom and was honoured by the Federation for his contribution to junior tennis and for being a role model for upcoming younger players. Robbie finished the year with a men’s junior ranking in the top 5 in South Africa and a career high of ITF ranking 177. The focus in 2020 is his transition to the pro circuit and for him to play as many Futures as possible.
17 years old
2019 was a big year for Kholo Montsi. After winning 5 titles back-to-back in 5 weeks and sweeping up the title in the ITF Junior Grade A tournament in Cape Town in September, his ranking shot up to 19 in the world. In January 2020 it jumped a further 7 spots – placing him at No. 12 in the world. In January 2020, Kholo was part of the South African team at the inaugural ATP Cup Event in Brisbane, Australia. He reached the second round of the Australian Open after beating American Hanzik 6/4 6/1. The plan is for Kholo to compete in all the Grand Slams this year, and also to play in his first Futures tournaments in preparation for the next level of pro tennis.
16 years old
Mikaeel represented South Africa in the AJTC in Algeria and progressing to the advanced stages of 7 ITF Tournaments. Mikaeel’s ITF ranking rose from 879 in January 2019 to 565 by the end of the year. Given his current age and the training he’s received at the Academy, he is in peak physical strength and poised to reach new milestones in the year to come.
16 years old
In 2019, Kelly was runner up in the Africa Junior Championship (AJC) Zonals. She went on to win the TSA girls under 16 Masters title and Western Province Women’s Masters title. She reached her first ITF final at the age of 15 and was selected by ITF to join their ITF Grand Slam Development Tour. Kelly moved up an age group in 2020 and started the year in the top 5 in the country. She has just been selected by TSA for the under 18 AJC side.
13 years old
In the South African Junior Championships in Namibia in January 2020, Leo won the under 14 boys Singles Title and the under 14 Team Event. These results have seen him reach a ranking of No. 1 in Africa. Having won titles in the Mauritius CAT tour and at the Growth-point Super 8 in 2019, Leo has secured his No. 1 spot in boys under 14 in South Africa, and is all set to play out his dream of being a tennis champion!
9 years old
9-year-old Siyolise Schultz has recently been welcomed into the “MATCH FAMILY”. Her talent was spotted in a YouTube video showing her practicing against a wall in Franschhoek. Anthony and Dionne Harris recognized her talent, brought her to the Academy and started putting her through her paces. Siyo has never been happier and she and her father have relocated to be closer to the Academy. Siyo’s raw talent and passion for tennis make her an ideal candidate for support from MATCH. We are proud to be in a position to offer her this opportunity and will do everything possible to support her dream of becoming a tennis champion.
16 years old
Jayden is our newest recruit in 2020. He has relocated from Gauteng to pursue his dream of “becoming a tennis champion” He reached a National high ranking of No. 1 in under 12 in 2017 and will now be competing in the under 16 age group. After only a few weeks, Jayden seems to be settling in to the amazing program at the Academy, and is building friendships with the other players and relationships with the coaches.
13 years old
Jordon won 4 tournaments in the under 12 age group in 2019 – 2 in Cape Town, 1 in East London and 1 in George. In his first under 14 tournaments he was runner-up in the final. In 2020, Jordon will play in more under 14 tournaments, and will be competing in the upcoming Egypt ITF/CAT tournament in February representing South Africa for the first time. Jordon’s progress since joining the Academy has made his coaches proud! We look forward to guiding him to the next level.
9 years old
The Dowie family have relocated from Windhoek to Cape Town to give their 9-year-old son Israel an opportunity to train at the Anthony Harris Tennis Academy. Only ever having been coached by his Dad, Israel played in a few tournaments in Windhoek in the under 12 division where his extreme talent was spotted. Israel’s hero is Dominic Thiem and his dream is to one day be No. 1 in the world! His coach Anthony Harris says he is a “special kid” who will go far.
12 years old
We are excited to welcome our newest MATCH beneficiary, Siyabonga Jaca. This hugely talented young man was referred to us by Westridge Tennis Centre in Durban. Despite never having had private coaching, Siya has reach the No. 8 spot in South Africa under 12. He is relocating to Cape Town to join the MATCH family and start professional training at the Anthony Harris Tennis Academy.