Monnas tennis stars put to the ultimate test

The learners who represented Monnas, with their coach . Photo: Submitted.

Hoërskool Monument sent 11 of their finest tennis players to Nelspruit, to compete in the NHS Groot 5 tennis tournament.

The tournament took place between 10 and 12 February at Hoërskool Nelspruit and the tennis players competed against players from renowned tennis schools such as Hoërskool Waterkloof, Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Affies), Hoërskool Ermelo and Hoërskool Boland.

The 11 pupils who represented Monument Hoërskool are Michelle Janse van Rensburg, Alexia Maritz, Anje Oosthuizen, Vian Ferreira, Eduard Botha, Ruard Botha, Kael Scanes, Julian Prins, Abner Dickson, Aszner Louw and Chante de Lange.

Leon du Toit, their coach, wished them the best of luck for the tournament and had high hopes that his pupils would make their school proud.

He used a quote by Andre Agassi, a former world Number 1 professional tennis player, to describe his team’s approach to and love of tennis. “Tennis uses the language of life. Advantage, service, fault, break, love – the basic elements of tennis are those of everyday existence, because every match is a life in miniature.”

“We know that the players are a force to be reckoned with because the hours they spent practising, the days they spent preparing and the year that has taught them the lessons of life will all come into play while they compete against the best there is, and allow them to come home, knowing they have given it their all,” Leon said.

The girls team brought back the award for best sportsmanship throughout the tournament.

Abner won the award for the Best Individual Sportsmanship.

Monnas girls placed 7th and the boys team placed 8th in the tournament.

“We believe every competitor should choose the thrill of victory over the agony of defeat,” Leon said. “But the reality of life is that one team or person wins, while the other has to lose. Playing the game is about more than winning. We are proud of our teams and look forward to the next tournament.”

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