18 Mar 2016

Laporte secures first AJC title for Seychelles

News Article

Mikael Osewa (NGR), Damien Laporte (SEY) and Khololwam Motsi (RSA)

Players from Seychelles, Egypt, South Africa and Burundi triumphed at the 39th African Junior Championships on 9-18 March, with 13-year-old Damien Laporte playing a starring role. 

Laporte made history in the boys’ 14 & under singles category after defeating Mickael Osewa of Nigeria 75 64 in a tight match to become the first Seychellois player to win in any category at these championships.

In another close match, Yousef Khamis (EGY) claimed the Boys’ 16 & under singles title ahead of home favourite Philip Henning (RSA) 76 62.

Determined not to let the host nation down, South Africa's Makayla Loubser comfortably clinched the winner’s trophy in the Girls’ 14 & under section with a 75 63 win over Aisha Niyonkuru of Burundi.

In a day made for the history books, ITF Moroccan Traing Centre player Sada Nahimana (BDI) emphatically claimed her third ITF title in as many years after defeating Morocco’s Diae El Jardi 75 62.

The closing ceremony followed on centre court, with ITF Board Member Ismail El Shafei, Tennis South Africa Vice-President Riaad Davids, Confederation of African Tennis President Tarak Cherif, ITF Executive Director Luca Santilli and other distinguished guests all present.

The players, grouped in their respective countries, were presented with their trophies before the ITF Development Officer for Southern Africa and Master of Ceremonies Riaan Kruger declared the 39th African Junior Championships closed.