Tennis bounces back across region

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Windhoek - As world number one Novak Djokovic lifted his fifth Italian Open title on Monday by defeating Argentine Diego Schwartzman 7-5 6-3 for a record 36th ATP Masters crown, tennis in Southern Africa is also ready to serve a treat.

The Namibia Tennis Association will host the third NTA Senior Open tennis tournament from September 25 to 27 in Windhoek.

The tournament, which is open to players of all ages, is sponsored by The International Tennis Federation (ITF) and will take place at the Central Tennis Court in Windhoek.

The country’s neighbour, South Africa, has eased its health restrictions and allowed sports like tennis to resume. 

Players and officials in South Africa have been told they can get back to the court provided there are no handshakes, no spectators, social distancing is observed, masks are worn and all participants are tested and screened. Further, there will be no sharing of benches or chairs.

Across the Limpopo in Zimbabwe, there has also been little tennis action this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Davis Cup World Group II tie between Zimbabwe and China was moved to next year because of travel and other restrictions. Zimbabwe was supposed to host China this month, but will only take place in either March or September 2021.

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