Tennis is a vibrant and popular sport at St Mary’s. René Plant, the tennis coach, believes
that tennis is a game for life and tennis at St Mary’s should encompass both competitive and social aspects. St Mary’s has eight tennis courts, two of which are brand new, nestled between the old courts and the new Aquatics Centre.
St Mary’s participates in a Senior League which takes place in the first term and a Junior League for Forms I, II and III girls only which takes place in the third term. Six teams are entered into each league, which gives about 40 players the chance to participate in each league. Social tennis is also offered as a games session throughout the year.
The past 2012/2013 season has been an extremely successful one for St Mary’s Tennis. St Mary’s A Team won the A Section in the Private Schools Tournament held at Sun City in September. St Mary’s also competes in the Hilton/St Anne’s Invitational Doubles and Mixed Doubles Event. This is a highlight on our tennis calendar and for the first time since competing in the event St Mary’s won both the Doubles and Mixed Doubles. St Mary’s beat St Mary’s Kloof in the Doubles Event and together with the boys from St Stithians beat St Mary’s Kloof and Clifton in the Mixed Doubles Event.
St Mary’s co-hosts a Tennis Festival with St Mary’s Kloof and this year it was held at St Mary’s, Kloof. Eight top tennis schools from around the country compete in this event together with St Mary’s, Kloof and St Mary’s, Waverley. St Mary’s successfully defended the title that they won in 2011 and 2012 by beating St Mary’s Kloof in the final.
This year St Mary’s A team won the Southern Gauteng Girls High School A Interhigh Tournament beating St Andrew’s in a close and exciting final. Twenty five schools competed in this event. St Mary’s also dominated the B Interhigh where the St Mary’s B Team beat the St Mary’s C Team in the final. This is another outstanding result as St Mary’s was the only school to enter a C Team.
St Mary’s boasts five provincial representatives. Imaan Hassim and Naima Sagar were chosen for the Gauteng Central U15 A Schools Team, whilst Julia Fleming and Roxanne Keeping were chosen for the U15 B team and Annabel Tennick for the Gauteng Central U19 B Schools team. Imaan Hassim has also been chosen for the South African Schools U15 Team. Aderotimi Adetunji, one of our first team members represented Nigeria in the prestigious African Junior Championships played in Kenya in the U16 age group.