01 March 2019 | Story Ruan Bruwer
Ruben Kruger
Ruben Kruger, one of the four Kovsie team members who helped his side to the second place at the national tennis club championship.

The impressive tennis team of the University of the Free State, the national student title holders, came very close to also being crowned as the national club champions on Monday (25 February 2019).

The team from the University of the Free State lost to Marks Park in the final of the Top guns national club tournament at Sun City by two games to one. Matches consisted of men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles, with optional rotation at the end of each set.

The team members from the UFS were Arne Nel, Ruben Kruger, Lienke de Kock, and Ester de Kock.

In the finals, the UFS won their one match in the mixed doubles thanks to the double pair of De Kock (Lienke) and Kruger.  

In the second version of the tournament 18 of the best clubs, including all the provincial tennis champs, competed for the honours as national club champions. The students’ second spot was an improvement on the fourth position the team achieved last year. That team also included Nel and De Kock. Last year they also lost to Marks Park, on that occasion in the play-offs for the third position.

On Saturday and Sunday, the UFS defeated both Aces (Limpopo) and Old Mutual (Western Cape) by 3-0 but lost to Brighton from KwaZulu-Natal in die final round-robin match.

In the semi-finals they were too strong for Kuils River of the Western Cape, winning by 2-0.

The team received prize money of R10 000 as runners-up plus R10 000 to be shared among the players.