Under-18 champion to play in open

Elys Ventura. Photo: Getty Images
Elys Ventura. Photo: Getty Images
One of New Zealand’s most promising young players has been signed to play in next month’s Otago Indoor Open.

Elys Ventura (17) joins Leela Beattie as a confirmed entrant for the tournament to be held at the Edgar Centre in Dunedin from the September 21-23.

Ventura is the reigning under-18 national champion.

She received the WTA Future Stars Li Na inspiration award at the World Tour finals in Singapore last year.

Ventura received the accolade for the way she embodied the spirit of the game on and off the court.

Beattie and Ventura are jointly ranked ninth in New Zealand.

Beattie’s unbeaten run at interclub and Auckland’s premier club competition, Caro Bowl, spans more than three years and more than 50 matches.

Tournament director Ahmad Abdul-Rahman said Beattie and Ventura would add some real quality to the tournament.

‘‘Having two of New Zealand’s top women enter the tournament will showcase the very best in women’s tennis and it continues the momentum and growth of the event,’’ Abdul-Rahman said.

The tournament will be a joint men’s and women’s event.

It drew a record number of entries last year and Abdul-Rahman is confident this year’s edition will be even better.

‘‘Last year we worked hard to produce a quality experience for players and spectators, so attracting such a high calibre of entries affirms we are on the right track, creating an exciting and appealing tournament,’’ he said.

Add a Comment

Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter