Botswana’’s National under-18 tennis team is in South Africa for the International Tennis Federation/Confederation of African tennis tournament which commenced on Sunday and will end on September 10.

The ever energetic team  is led by coach Aobakwe Lekang is made up of four boys; Denzel Seetso, Mark Nawa, Batsomi Marobela, Loago Saleshando and three girls; Chelsea Chakanyuka, Ekua Refilwe Youri as well as Naledi Raguin.

Speaking in an interview on Monday, Botswana Tennis Association (BTA) President, Oaitse Thipe, was optimistic that the team would perform well considering their recent achievements.

“Naledi has been preparing by playing open tournaments in France. Ekua has already won two open tournaments in Barcelona while Denzel won the Botswana open in July,” he said.

“The players were selected looking at their ITF rankings and they wanted them to qualify for the Africa Junior Championships to be hosted by Tunisia in November. We only selected seven players due to budget constraints”, said Thipe.

A communication from the association indicated that the tournament would offer the team a great opportunity to earn International Tennis Federation points, hence improving international rankings.

It further said the tournament would also be used to prepare players for upcoming national team engagements such as Africa Nations Cup in October and the AUSC Region 5 games to be hosted later this year in Lesotho.