SOWETO – Grass roots tennis in South Africa has received a significant boost following an announcement by BNP Paribas and their finance subsidiary RCS, regarding a partnership with Tennis South Africa (TSA) to launch the ‘Rising Star Tennis’ initiative together.
The partnership which aims to increase youth participation in the sport via a national primary school’s tennis challenge, was officially launched on Tuesday at the Arthur Ashe facility in Soweto.
The countrywide initiative aims to provide tennis access to children, targeting hundreds of primary schools across the country, including schools in historically disadvantaged communities in South Africa.
According to Richard Glover, CEO of Tennis South Africa, the seven-month competition in 14 tennis districts, and nine provinces across the country, which start in August, will set out to nurture tennis, and widen its participation and appeal, in order to diversify the sport and enrich the South Africa’s junior talent pool.
South African international tennis star Kevin Anderson will be the face of the initiative which aligns with his long held desire to develop tennis in South Africa and make it accessible for all.