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50 take part in Cosmos Easter tournament



MASERU – The Cosmos Academy Easter Open Tournament attracted over 50 players who participated in the four-day competition at the National Tennis Courts. The tournament started last Friday and ended on Monday with the best performers being awarded trophies, medals as well as prize monies in both categories.

Kamohelo Khabele (16) and Mpho Leshoele (15) were crowned winners in the girls’ and boys’ categories respectively and they both went home with a trophy, gold medal and M1 500 each.

In the girl’s competition, Khabele played a round robin against two other competitors and came out on top.

That was no less than what she had hoped for as other senior players could not make it due to school commitments. Either way, Khabele said the competition was high.

“There were just a few women of my age who registered for this tournament so I was unable to play the matches I hoped and prepared for, but I think competition was high,” she said.

Khabele also pleaded with parents to help their kids by investing in the sport of tennis. She said young girls have interest in tennis but when they grow older, there is no retention in the sport.

For his part, Leshoele indicated that the competition in general was very difficult because everyone was fighting to win. He said when a young player is on the court against an older opponent, people expect the youth to win but during the games, all the support goes to the adult so that really challenged him a lot.

“Playing with people who are older helps you mentally because you are going to work very hard to win against that person supported by a larger crowd,” he said.

Only the seniors received prize monies, participants in higher age categories were also given caps on top of medals, trophies and awards.

Leshoele said people should be passionate in what they do. He said he was out of the sport for two years but he came back. He said he is an example that there are ups and downs everywhere but one should never quit.

The tournament’s director, Retšelisitsoe Motlojoa, said the tournament was revised to be a round robin tournament where each player gets to compete against all entrants and whoever wins the most matches in the tournament is declared the winner.

He said the next tournament will be held around June.

Girls Category
Kamohelo Khabele (M1 500, trophy and gold medal)
Manthopane Nkuoatsana (M1 000 and silver medal)
Ntsoaki Mokhere (M600 and bronze medal)

Mpho Leshoele (M1 500, trophy and gold medal)
Neo Makhakhe (M1 000 and silver medal)
Khosana Khathisa (M600 and bronze medal)

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