Makhakhe off to Mozambique


Moorosi Tsiane

TENNIS sensation Neo Makhakhe is aiming to gain International Tennis Federation (ITF) points at the World Tours and Futures tournaments in Mozambique next month.

Makhakhe represented Lesotho at the 2016 Africa Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 Games in Angola and won bronze at the Tuks (University of Pretoria) Open in South Africa three weeks ago.

He leaves the country on Saturday for Mozambique.

The two tournaments will see players from different parts of the world competing for ITF points which will help improving their rankings.

The first tournament starts on Monday and runs till Sunday. The next tournament runs from 11 to 17 November 2019.

He said he was happy with the preparations for the trip and his target is to take from where he left off in Pretoria.

“I think I have been doing well and my target is to take from where I left off in Pretoria and give another good performance,” Makhakhe said.

“In Pretoria I gave my best. I wasn’t afraid to take risks and I didn’t want to hold back when I was supposed to commit myself. I am aiming for ITF points so that I can get ranked.”

Makhakhe said the tournaments would also help him keep in shape in preparation for his departure to play and study in the United States (US) next year.

“For now, I am just playing in different tournaments to keep in shape in preparation for next year as I will be studying and playing in the US along with Kukutla Motlojoa, Nyathi Motlojoa and Lebelo Mosehle,” Makhakhe said.

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