The up and coming local tennis star Denzel Seetso continues to rise up the international rankings after impressing at the on-going International Tennis Federation (ITF) European development tour. Seetso, who is currently seeded as number one in Africa won himself a once in a lifetime opportunity to tour Europe under the ITF Grand Slam Development fund with three other top four players from Africa.
The tour has seen Seetso playing in Italy and France where he reached the last 16. According to Botswana Tennis Federation Vice President Oaitse Thipe, Seetso is expected to be in the Netherlands this week before moving to Belgium and Germany next week. While in France, Thipe says Seetso impressed international coaches in France and played at the same stadium where the French Open and Roland Garros are held.
“Denzel won three matches in a row before losing to a Japanese player 6-4, 6-1. The Japanese player happens to be one of the best in the category,” Thipe said. Thipe further explained that the local player is giving a good account of himself, having already beaten some of the top prospects in Europe, Asia and Europe.
“Some of the players competing in this tournament are going to proceed to Junior Wimbledon where only the top 100 seeded players are entered.”Thipe said the European tour is likely to culminate in a tournament in the Czech Republic where Seetso is expected to play before returning home. Should Seetso maintain his status as number one in Africa, he will be expected to compete at a top tier tournament, the Orange Bowl and Eddie Hear in Florida, USA. Thipe further explained that Seetso has been accompanied by two coaches from Morocco and Madagascar. The other three players on tour are from Egypt, Zimbabwe and South Africa.