Great sports culture open doors for local tennis player

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Imaan was selected to represent South Africa at the Fed Cup Euro Africa Zone 2 Tournament to be played from 6 to 9 February in Luxembourg.

Starting to play sport at a young age has proved beneficial for one Forest Town resident who started playing tennis at the tender age of five.

Growing up, Imaan Hassim enjoyed playing tennis and a great sporting culture at Parkview Junior and Senior schools.

Imaan was an all-rounder who excelled on and off the sports field and was awarded as sportswoman of the year at Parkview Senior School and was named Gauteng central tennis player of the season in 2011.

Imaan moved to St Mary’s High School for Girls in Waverley, where she played first team tennis from Grade 8 going on to captain the team in Grade 12. She thrived in the amazing sporting environment that St Mary’s provided under the mentorship and coaching of Rene Plant who was a great source of inspiration for her.

Imaan represented the SA schools team in Malaysia in 2011; Scotland and in England in 2012 and in 2016 respectively and she was selected for the SA U18 team in the Region 5 African games where she scooped gold in the ‘ladies’ singles and together with her partners won gold in mixed doubles and silver in the ‘ladies’ doubles.

She reached a junior high ranking of number five in the country and won many junior titles in the 12 to 18 age group in national tournaments.

After matriculating, she was offered scholarships to seven colleges in the USA based on her International Tennis Federation ranking.

She is currently at Youngstown State University in Ohio which is a division one tennis university that has won their conference for the past four years.

Imaan was selected to represent South Africa at the Fed Cup Euro Africa Zone 2 Tournament to be played from 6 to 9 February in Luxembourg.

South Africa would be one of eight nations participating in the tournament including Austria, Bosnia and Portugal.

Details: Fed Cup The World Cup of Tennis www.fedcup.com

Are you currently participating in sports activities to represent the country? Email details of your sport to naidines@caxton.co.za

Rosebank Killarney Gazette 

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