21 May 2014
International tennis returns to Sun City in the North West Province next week, with the Sun City Futures 1 tournament set to be played from 26 to 31 May.
The tournament is the first of three back-to-back international men’s and women’s events to be played simultaneously each week at the same venue.
The Futures 2 will be played from 2 to 7 June and the Futures 3 from 9 to 14 June.
A strong entry of local and international players have entered the first Sun City Futures 1, including four of South Africa’s Davis Cup squad players, namely Tucker Vorster, Ruan Roelofse, Nik Scholtz and Fritz Wolmarans.
Two notable entries in the men’s tournament are the rising English star Joshua Milton, who many claim to be the next Andy Murray-British hope, as well as the up- and-coming American Tyler Hochwalt.
Players from 11 different countries will be represented in the men’s tournament.
The women’s draw is dominated by South Africa’s best players, including South African number two Chanel Simmonds and her fellow Fed Cup team mates Madrie Le Roux and Natasha Fourouclas.
A total of 12 countries are represented in the women’s draw, including rising American talents Alexandra Riley and Stephanie Kent, as well as former European junior champion, Ani Vangelova of Bulgaria.
The seeds for the men’s and women’s Futures 1 will be announced on Wednesday.
Hardy Botha of Egalite, the Tournament Promoter, said he was delighted with the strength of the entry.
“It’s always good to host international players in South Africa, especially at Sun City, which has over the years been a major attraction for tourists and a popular tournament venue,” Botha said in a statement on Tuesday.
“The field of players entered is top class and promises for some exciting tennis. The Futures series will also enable our rising South African players to earn world ranking points, which will enable them to position themselves on the international rankings and assist them with their future careers.”
The qualifying rounds from the Futures 1 will be played on Saturday and Sunday, 24 and 25 May, with the main draw commencing on Monday, 26 May.
The finals of the event are scheduled for Saturday, 31 May.