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Tennis coach’s passion is to help younger players ace their game

Tennis coach, Paseka Motsamai coaches beginners in Polokwane.

POLOKWANE – Tennis coach, Paseka Motsamai says he loves coaching beginners because they are always eager and willing to learn.

Motsamai, whose specialty is teddy tennis, told BONUS he gained interest in the sport in 2006 and only began taking it seriously in 2007. “I grew up watching tennis and it made me fall in love with a game. Being a ball-boy at the time was also a great way to be part of the game,” he said.

He explained that his specialities include teddy tennis (a training, education, entertainment and lifestyle tennis programme that is aimed at young children), beginner, advanced and semi-professional players. “Teddy tennis can be a challenge because the children are still young and just want to play and run around, but we make it work in every way,” he said.

Motsamai added that tennis allows you to learn to control your emotions and allows you to meet people from various walks of life.

Having played the game himself, some of Motsamai’s achievements include participating in the 2012 and 2015 All African Games, the International Tennis Federation’s Junior Championships and he played in the first team for Westville Boys High School and the University of Limkonkwin.

“I learnt a lot from those experiences as they sharpened my skills to be a better tennis player and coach,” he added.

His advice to other players is to follow their dreams, be motivated, set goals and work hard on the court.

He concluded by saying that the benefits of playing tennis are an increase in aerobic capacities, lower resting heart rate and blood pressure, improved metabolic function, lowered body fat, improved muscle tone, strength and flexibility and an increase in reaction time.”

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