{
    "title": "Top juniors geared up for Junior Masters",
    "image": "https:\/\/images.supersport.com\/2018\/1\/Alwande-Skhosana-180121-SS_300.jpg",
    "body": "<p>\r\nSouth African top ranked wheelchair tennis juniors have been hard at work gearing up to represent the country at the 2018 Cruyff Foundation Junior Masters in Tarbes, France on 25-28 January.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nPlayers from seven different countries will contest the boys' singles and doubles in Tarbes, with South Africa represented by current world No 4 Alwande Sikhosana as well as wild card Mpho Mhlongo.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nSkhosana, who is no stranger to the Junior Masters will be hoping for better results this year after finishing in the 4th place both in 2016 and 2017 in Tarbes.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u201cI love participating in the Junior Masters, the level of competition is very high and fascinating. This year I hope to do even better and reach the finals,\u201d commented Skhosana.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nThe 16-year-old Mhlongo will take part in the world\u2019s premier event for junior wheelchair tennis players for the first time.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u201cI have struggled to obtain travel documents for the past two years and this is a dream come true to finally get an opportunity to travel and gain some international exposure. I have been working real hard preparing for this tournament and I look forward to the challenge and most importantly to learn,\u201d said Mhlongo.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nEight of the top ranked junior boys and four of the top ranked junior girls will contest the prestigious event, which takes place alongside the last four days of the Les Petits As tournament.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nWith entries based on the Cruyff Foundation Junior Ranking dated 30 October 2017, seven players in the boys\u2019 event and three players in the girls\u2019 event have qualified directly by ranking, with one wild card awarded for both events.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nOnly players born on or after the 1 January 2000 are eligible to compete in 2018.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nThe world number 4 Skhosana and world number 11 Mhlongo jetted off on Saturday with WTSA Development Manager Patrick Selepe.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nThe tournament will be preceded by a three-day high performance training camp, ensuring athletes are well prepared for the event.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u201cThis is a great opportunity for both athletes, most importantly for Mpho who will be travelling overseas for the first time. This is a chance for the juniors to solidify their games and to gain international experience,\u201d said Selepe.<\/p>",
    "blurb": "South African top ranked wheelchair tennis juniors have been hard at work gearing up to represent the country at the 2018 Cruyff Foundation Junior Masters in Tarbes, France on 25-28 January.",
    "date": "2018-01-21T09:32:58",
    "author": "",
    "credit": "supersport.com",
    "img_credit": "Alwande Skhosana \u00a9 Reg Caldecott",
    "category": "SA Tennis",
    "videos": []
}