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    Tennis Foundation
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    "I understand the importance of giving kids the tools they need to succeed.
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    "This foundation is able to make a real impact on the youth of South Africa"


The Matchpoint Tennis Foundation (MPF) is a charitable, non-profit organisation that started life as the JL Tennis Foundation. The Matchpoint Foundation is driven by South Africa’s tennis legends to provide opportunities for the country’s most promising young tennis players who do not have sufficient funding or support to develop their talent.

Run by former TOP 10 Doubles player an former South African Davis Cup Captain John Laffnie (JL) de Jager, his legacy lives on with the current team that is focused on developing the future of South African tennis and providing an opportunity for promising 10-18 year old tennis players to refine their talent.

The Matchpoint Foundation’s vision is to teach those under their care the core values of integrity, discipline, passion, commitment and accountability that is necessary for competition tennis and a successful life


MPF provides assistance to young South African players and MPF develops life skills for life post tennis. Below is a sample from a list of youngsters that we could serve.
  • William Zulch
    Not only did William survive an appendectomy this year, he also managed to gather the results mentioned below! Singles: 0/14 6th Free State, 9th Nationals, 12th Masters. Dubs o/14: 2nd Free State, 2nd Boland, 3rd Nationals.
  • Victor Putter
    2016 Achievements (15 Years Old) April 2016: Chosen for the U/15 SA Tennis Team September 2016: Selected to play at Masters (top 16 U 16 players).
  • Linge Steenkamp
    Linge proved herself as truly one of the greatest players in South Africa when she won the TSA Masters in October 2016.

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The Foundation, a platform for less fortunate but talented young tennis players to lift them to hights they only dream about. In order for this to happen the Foundation needs financial support from individuals and sponsors alike. Tennis facilities, rackets and other apparel, local and overseas travel, camps and so forth all cost a great deal of money. We encourage you to click here and help to make these youngsters dreams come true.

To serve those who desire a commitment and passion for excellence in the sport of tennis.
To develop the future of South African Tennis by providing support and funding to enable talented young players to realise their true potential.
To provide young tennis players with the necessary support, advice and guidance to transition through the important age groups with the ultimate goal of setting them up to be competitive at an international level.

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The Matchpoint Foundation focus on hosting two coaching camps throughout the year. Some of the professional players that has been at the camps were Kevin Ullyett, Christo van Rensburg, Raven Klaassen, Natalie Granding and Robbie Koenig. Neville Godwin, coach of South African tennis player Kevin Anderson has also been one of the people helping the promising junior players associated with the Matchpoint Foundation.
During the 4 day coaching camps you will also see various other sport specialists from various fields sharing their knowledge and expertise.

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There are three levels of coaching proficiency – A-level, B-level and C-level. Note that the level A is attained solely on the basis of achievements. Levels B and C certification is usually gained through successful completion of our courses. In some cases, however, they can also be granted on the basis of a proven track in developing tennis players.
The only applicable level for us is the level C coaching course that empower coaches who need to help players transitioning from promising juniors into successful ITF and Futures players. To give guidance to parents and players with uncertainty.