Botswana: Botswana successfully hosted four International Tennis Federation (ITF) World Tennis Tour Juniors tournaments at the National Tennis Centre in Gaborone.
The two editions of the ITF J4 Gaborone were hosted over two weeks, with the first one held from the 11th-16th of April 2022, while the second one was hosted from the 18th-23rd April 2022.
Two editions of the ITF J5 Gaborone were also hosted over two weeks at the National Tennis Centre. The first edition was hosted from 22nd to 27th August, while the second edition was from 29th August to 3rd September 2022.
𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑡𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑛𝑎𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑠 𝑎𝑡𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑐𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑝𝑙𝑎𝑦𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑡𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑠 𝑠𝑢𝑐ℎ 𝑎𝑠 𝑍𝑖𝑚𝑏𝑎𝑏𝑤𝑒, 𝑆𝑜𝑢𝑡ℎ 𝐴𝑓𝑟𝑖𝑐𝑎, 𝐼𝑛𝑑𝑖𝑎, 𝐹𝑟𝑎𝑛𝑐𝑒, 𝑀𝑎𝑑𝑎𝑔𝑎𝑠𝑐𝑎𝑟, 𝑁𝑎𝑚𝑖𝑏𝑖𝑎, 𝐸𝑔𝑦𝑝𝑡, 𝑃𝑜𝑟𝑡𝑢𝑔𝑎𝑙 𝑎𝑚𝑜𝑛𝑔𝑠𝑡 𝑜𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑠.
𝑇ℎ𝑒 ℎ𝑜𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑡𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑛𝑎𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑠 𝑖𝑠 𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑒𝑓𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑡𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝐴𝑠𝑠𝑜𝑐𝑖𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑡𝑜 𝑒𝑥𝑝𝑜𝑠𝑒 𝑙𝑜𝑐𝑎𝑙 𝑝𝑙𝑎𝑦𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑛𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙 𝑡𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑛𝑎𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑠 𝑖𝑛 𝑎𝑛 𝑒𝑓𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑡 𝑡𝑜 𝑖𝑚𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑣𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑖𝑟 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑛𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙 𝑟𝑎𝑛𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑠.
Botswana Tennis Association also highlights- 𝗪𝗢𝗥𝗟𝗗 𝗧𝗘𝗡𝗡𝗜𝗦 𝗧𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝗝𝗨𝗡𝗜𝗢𝗥 𝗥𝗔𝗡𝗞𝗜𝗡𝗚𝗦 of 2022. Association stated, “Our juniors continued to participate in a number of ITF WORLD TENNIS TOUR JUNIORS events in a quest to gain points and improve their international rankings.”
Denzel Seetso and Ekua Refilwe Youri surged to new ITF World Tennis Tour Juniors rankings during the year. Denzel achieved a career high ranking of 271 in the boys’ singles, while Ekua reached 310 in the girl’s singles. The two remain our top ranked Juniors.
The following juniors also achieved career high rankings, placing them in the top 1000:
– Mark Nawa 698
– Chelsea Chakanyuka 672
– Naledi Raguin 780
– Batsomi Marobela 996
Moreover, Botswana also made a return to the Billie Jean Cup in 2022 after non-participation in the past 16 years. The country last competed in 2006, having first competed in the competition in 1995.
The 2022 competition was hosted in Skopje, North Macedonia, from the 5th – the 9th of July. Botswana competed in the Europe/Africa Group III, which consisted of 27 nations.
Botswana was placed in Event B with the following nations: Albania, Burundi, Congo, Democratic Republic, Iceland, Ireland, Kenya, Kosovo, Malta, Namibia, North Macedonia, Portugal, Seychelles, South Africa and Uganda.
Botswana had named a team of three junior players with an average age of 17 years. The trio included 16-year-old Chelsea Chakanyuka, 17-year-old Ekua Refilwe Youri and 18-year-old Leungo Monnayoo. The team Captain was Coach Ernest Seleke.