POLOKWANE – His silverware cabinet houses the men’s singles trophy after the 20-year-old beat Gauteng’s Francois van Wyk 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.
LJ describes the match as one of his longest and toughest compared to other matches in his tennis career.
“I usually finished most of my matches in straight sets, but this match was long and tough. François is a tough opponent and he gave me what I paid for. I am happy to have won the trophy.
LJ is currently based in Potchefstroom where he is honing his tennis skills under the watchful eye of the Riaan Venter Tennis Academy.
He says his move from Polokwane to Potchefstroom is helping his ambition to become a professional tennis player.
“My goal is to become a professional and I think the academy will help me achieve that goal. The level is very high there and there are a lot of top players. It is important in his career to train against the best players in order to stay sharp and competitive.
He adds that his dream is to one day participate in the ITF Futures, organized by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).
For the ITF, players are accepted first by the ATP or WTA ranking, then by the ITF World Tennis Ranking, then by the National Top 500 Ranking and finally – randomly for unranked players.
It is also incorporated into the ATP Rankings to allow young professionals to progress on the ATP Challenger Tour and ultimately the full ATP Tour.
“This is the tournament that will help me get more points and improve my ranking. For me to become a professional, I need more points. I hope to get sponsorship to travel to Egypt and Tunisia and play those tournaments soon,” he concluded.