Tarryn-Leigh De Souza memorial tourney may go ghetto

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THE parents of late tennis star Tarryn-Leigh De Souza are considering  having some games in this year’s edition of the tournament that is played annually in her honour, staged in the western suburbs of Bulawayo.

SAKHELENI NXUMALO
SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

Ali De Souza, father to the late player, last Friday said they were mulling the possibility of having some games being played either at Emakhandeni Tennis Club or White City Stadium.

“It was Tarryn’s dream upon her return from the United States to provide opportunities for underprivileged children to become future stars so if there are many entrants from the western areas then we will consider having some games being played that side,” he said.

The tournament in its sixth year, has traditionally been held at Bulawayo Athletic Club, Girls’ College and Christian Brothers’ College.

This year’s edition is set for April 9 to 11 and will follow on the heels of the Bulawayo Open Tournament which will run from April 6 to 8 at Bulawayo Athletic Club with Girls’ College, Petra and Whitestone in the picture as potential venues if the number of entrants is high.

“It was Tarryn’s dream upon her return from the United States to provide opportunities for underprivileged children to become future stars so if there are many entrants from the western areas then we will consider having some games being played that side,”
“It was Tarryn’s dream upon her return from the United States to provide opportunities for underprivileged children to become future stars so if there are many entrants from the western areas then we will consider having some games being played that side,”

Last year more than 120 participants took part in the tournament which is a national competition that is used to rank players.

Tarryn-Leigh, who passed away in 2009 due to heart failure, represented Matabeleland and Zimbabwe in numerous tennis tournaments and had just graduated with a sporting degree from Oklahoma University, when she passed away.