Maties Sport's Sinazo Solani (20) will travel to Europe this week to represent South Africa in its Fed Cup tie at the National Tennis Centre in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg, from 6-9 February.
South Africa gained promotion to the Euro/Africa Zone Group II of the Fed Cup competition last year and will battle it out in an eight-nation event to solidify their position in this group.
Sinazo, a member of the Maties Tennis Club and a BA International Studies student at Stellenbosch University (SU), will make her debut at this event.
“I'm very excited and proud to represent my country. This is my highest achievement in tennis thus far," she said.
Sinazo, who grew up in Strand and attended Rhenish Girls High in Stellenbosch, would like to make a career out of tennis and is looking forward to gaining some experience on the international stage. She is positive that she will learn a lot and that her selection for this team will open doors for her in future.
The South African Fed Cup team comprises of Sinazo, Chanel Simmonds, Imaan Hassim, Theresa van Zyl, Madrie le Roux and Zani Barnard.
Ilhaam Groenewald, Chief Director: Maties Sport, congratulated Sinazo on this achievement.
“We are very proud of Sinazo's inclusion in the Fed Cup team and we wish her and her teammates all the best. Tennis as recently been added to Maties Sport's list of High Performance (HP) sport codes and our aim is to support and grow tennis in South Africa in collaboration with Tennis South Africa (TSA)."
Maties Sport's HP programme aims to attract and retain top athletes and coaches to an inclusive holistic and elite training environment that will offer them the opportunity to perform at national and international level.
Sinazo is very positive about this move and believe Maties tennis players will benefit from it.