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Young Cape Town tennis champ climbing the ranks

SA Davis Cup star, Lloyd Harris, has enjoyed one of the biggest wins of his young career by beating 1st seed, Vasek Pospisil at the Challenger event in Anning, China. 21-year old Harris has a career high ATP singles ranking of 199 achieved on 9 October 2017.

Lloyd beat the Canadian 7-5, 6-4 last Wednesday morning (SA time) to advance to the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Pospisil is currently ranked 82 in the world and previously has been as high as 25 in the rankings.

Harris eventually lost in the semi-final of the tournament, which was won by Italian Gianluigi Quinzi, but enjoyed a great end to the week, winning the doubles final at the same tournament with partner Aliaksandr Bury from Belarus.

The future is indeed bright for this young Capetonian.

Lloyd is a student at The Anthony Harris Tennis Academy in Cape Town. And if you are wondering, Anthony is not Lloyd’s dad.

The Anthony Harris Tennis Academy is a High Performance centre for junior and professional tennis players, located at the Sea Point Tennis Club in Bantry Bay, Cape Town. The Academy focuses solely, on producing future tennis champions, and runs a full day intensive training programme, six days a week.

Their facility includes three hard courts and a clay court – an essential part of training for international events.

The Academy is a multi-cultural, educational and sports organisation, that promotes the social, psychological and physical development of children and teaches them important life skills through sport.

The players are given the opportunity to develop to their full potential and hopefully become world class tennis champions, representing their country in International competitions, at all levels, like Lloyd.

The Academy’s vision is to provide as many children, as the facilities can accommodate, with a chance to play and participate in tennis, providing programmes that help with community development and to give talented children the chance to fulfill their dreams of being champions. Find them on social media @anthonyharristennisacademy.


Eloise Pretorius – Weekdays 9am – 12pm Anchor, Smile 90.4FM