Tennis is an Olympic sport and is played at all levels of society and at all ages. The sport can be played by anyone who can hold a racket, including wheelchair users. The game originated in England and dates back to the 19th century. The sport has since produced global superstars who are appreciated by all sports lovers across the globe.
Playing tennis can improve critical thinking, mental alertness and tactical thinking by making connections in the brain. The tennis team at the North-West University (NWU) Mahikeng Campus has four courts they use for training and competitions.
NWU Mahikeng Tennis achievements:
1) 2020 – Gaborone International Tennis Epic top 8 player.
2) 2019 – Top 30 order of merit players at Tennis Lab South Africa.
3) 2019 – At the USSA competition, one player was selected for the national team. The player represented the RSA at the CUCSA and FASU student games.
4) 2019 – Lifetime Achievement Award for Best Coach and Best Tertiary Programme at the Winners Circle.
5) 2019 – Winners of women’s and men’s titles at TenTen Tennis Series.
6) 2019 – Tshwane Tennis Open winners in doubles and mixed doubles.
7) 2018 – Mahikeng Tennis Open winners.
Tennis at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU) has evolved into a physical chess match in which players attack and defend, exploiting angles and technical weaknesses with strokes with a widely diverse pace and spin. Tennis can be enjoyed by players of practically any level of skill. Top competition is a demanding test of both shot making and stamina, rich in stylistic and strategic variety.
In 2009 the NWU Potchefstroom Campus joined hands with the high-performance Riaan Venter Tennis Academy. This has allowed our students to receive professional coaching and training while being able to further their studies.
In the past 10 years huge infrastructure changes have taken place at our facilities and we can proudly say that they compare with the best in the world. It is for this reason that most of the TSA flagship tournaments take place at our tennis club.
If you have aspirations to further your career in tennis while combining it with a degree or diploma, the NWU is the best university at which to do so.
The goals of NWU PUK Tennis are:
- To manage and promote the interests of tennis at the NWU.
- To develop healthy sportsmanship.
- To establish a proper organisational structure for tennis.
- To acquire and properly spend funds in accordance with the university’s policy.
Every year a number of first-years are admitted to the NWU PUK Tennis programme from bursary applications that have been received. The closing date for applications is 31 August. The players who have not received bursaries may qualify for a bursary during the following year based on their performance throughout the year. Bursary awards are made possible by funding from the university itself. Applicants should carefully scrutinise the terms and conditions according to which bursaries are awarded.
To be selected for the NWU PUK Tennis programme, a player must be registered with the Potchefstroom Campus of the NWU for a degree or diploma of their choice.