Seetso, Chakanyuka Singles Winners Of Open Tennis Championship

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Denzel Seetso and Chelsea Chalanyuka are the winners of the men’s and women’s singles categories of the Botswana Open Tennis Championship that was held in Gaborone at the National Tennis Centre recently.

Seetso emerged the winner after beating Esi Molefe 6-1 6-1 in the men’s singles category while Chalanyuka walloped Kelebogile Monnayoo 6-1 6-1 in the women’s singles. Seetso paired with Mark Nawa in the men’s doubles and won 6-1 6-0 against Batsomi Marobela and Esi Molefe. Under the women’s doubles category, Chalanyuka teamed up with Kelebogile Monnayoo and walloped Kagello Malumo and Mbali Qame 6-2 6-2.

Men’s veteran singles were won by Siyabulela Nkachela beating Freedom Tapera 6-4 6-1 while Tapera and Mohammed Waja won the veteran doubles 6-4 7-5 against Masiza Ntshengase and Cyprian Dlamini.

The tournament attracted close to 100 players with at least 80% being local players. The total prize money for the tournament amounted to P76 450 and the winner of the men’s and women’s singles walked away with P10 000 respectively.

Men’s and women’s doubles winners received P2 200 each, while men’s senior singles, women’s senior singles, men’s senior doubles, and women’s senior doubles pocketed P1 100 each.

In an interview, Botswana Tennis Association (BTA) Public Relations and Marketing Director Tshephang Tlhankane said that the objectives of the tournament are to attract as many international players as possible to eventually turn it into an ITF calendar and points-earning tournament which improves players’ world ranking.

 ‘‘This tournament is very important because it exposes our players to international competition which is good to gauge where we are in terms of development and in terms of the quality of players we have against the world’s best players. It also gives Botswana exposure in the international world of tennis,” he said.

Tlhankane has noted that the tournament, which was funded by BTA with the help of Majestic Five Hotel went exceptionally well.

Meanwhile, Tlhankane has told Times Sport that the association will be hosting an international tournament called Davis Cup, also known as the World Cup of Tennis starting on the 17th July-20th July 2024 in Gaborone. According to him, Botswana will be hosting Africa Group 5 from the 17th to the 20th of July 2024, which is a team event where each country guns for promotion to Group 4.

He stated that the last time Botswana hosted the competition was in 2006 and they will be hosting Ethiopia, Mauritius, Madagascar, Congo, Gabon, Seychelles, Mauritania, Lesotho, Djibouti, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, and Lybia.

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