South Africa is set to host another Davis Cup tie. The KIA South African Davis Cup team will take on Slovenia at the Irene Country Club, Pretoria from 7-9 April 2017.
Tennis South Africa (TSA) has taken to bring to the game more excitement on and off the court during hosted Davis Cup ties; much to the delight of both the novice and seasoned tennis lovers. Davis Cup, dubbed the WORLD CUP OF TENNIS, will take more interesting turns when South African hosts Slovenia in round two of the Euro/Arica Zone Group.
CHANGE OF TIMES:
On Friday (7th April), the first singles rubber will start at 15h00, with the official opening ceremony scheduled for 14h45. This is the first time a tie played in South African will start late afternoon and continue into the evening under new lights at the Irene Country Club.
“We needed to accommodate the tennis and sporting fans that work on Friday and having busy Saturday morning schedules so we have opted to start the tennis later on each of the days and on Friday play into the night giving all an opportunity of getting to Irene to be part of the action” said TSA CEO Richard Glover.
OFF THE COURT FUN
A variety of activities are being planned throughout the weekend, in order to offer non-stop fun for all members of the family, no matter how old.
Cardio Tennis will be doing a demonstration on Friday and Sunday between the singles matches, while Saturday will see a full Cardio Tennis workout being held after the completion of the doubles rubber. Members of the public who would like to join in on the fun are welcome to do so.
Urban Tennis, a new concept, is the new streetwise lifestyle fun tennis that can be played anywhere and by anyone; therefore bringing the love of the sport off the court and into our streets, makes it an everyday life will be played all three days. Mini Tennis will be played on the grass area and for the first time,
Friday is being dubbed “Braai Day” and the public catering will be offering a braai buffet for the public.
Saturday sees a Development Clinic taking place at 12:00, followed by all the various activities on the grass area, culminating in a Wheelchair Tennis Exhibition, where some of the best players in the world take to the court at 14:30 to entertain the public with their skills ahead of the doubles rubber.
Following the tennis action on Saturday, there will be movies under the stars with Cinema in the Park at the Irene Country Club.
Throughout the tie, the Davis Cup players will meet and greet the fans at the KIA Autograph Hub courtside, and sign autographs.
To add on to the fun; KIA will also be holding driving experience opportunities for the fans throughout Davis Cup where each test driver will stand a chance of winning a prize.
“We want the Davis Cup weekend to be a top class event experience – both on and off the court.” said Glover. "At the last tie, we sold out on both Saturday and Sunday and are expecting large crowds, again, on all three days. If you are a tennis fan, in the Gauteng region, then please come along to #ShowYourColours."
This is the third time South Africa and Slovenia are battling it out in Davis Cup competition with the head-to-head score level 1-1. The tie is important tie for both teams as the winner will have a shot at being promoted to the Euro/Africa Group 1 in 2018 when they take on the winner of the Denmark vs Norway in the promotion battle tie in September.
Tickets for the tie are available through webtickets by visiting WebTickets. Tickets are R150 per session