Emmanuel Ngema, a tennis coach for Ethekwini Tennis Association (ETA), has been transforming the sport by taking it to the townships around Durban.
IOL reports that Ngema started in 2015 with only 20 kids, mainly from informal settlements. Today he has over 150 players.
According to Ngema, when he joined ETA there were no black kids playing the sport.
“It was mainly white people who played tennis at Westridge Tennis Stadium.
I changed that by channelling my focus on these kids and today they are number one in the entire KwaZulu-Natal province. I am optimistic that we will produce a major champion, who will win a grand slam,” Ngema told IOL.
His contribution has not gone unnoticed, earlier this year Tennis South Africa, awarded Ngema’s development program as one of the best in the country.