The vision of the Good News Tennis Ministries is to prepare junior tennis players for life using Biblical principles. Tennis etiquette and mental toughness are particular areas players are ministered to.
The ministry originated out of the aim to make Hoërskool Garsfontein the best mixed tennis school in Tshwane. That Garsie aim took more than 8000 hours, however the experience gained was a foundation of the ministry. The passion with which the ministry is undertaken with can be witnessed by all who have consistently received emails after midnight.
The Good News Tennis Ministries will endeavor to foster a spirit of co-operation between coaches. We will build bridges between coaches by advertising their tournaments on the website and share information about players [e.g. rankings, handicaps], venues and facilities.
Submitting to the authority of the Gauteng North Tennis Association and their affiliates will receive unconditional commitment. One of the future projects of the website is to institute an ITN rating calculation of each junior player in Gauteng North. It is hoped to have an ITN profile of every junior player in Gauteng North. At present this facility is calculated for each player participating in one or more Good News Tennis Ministries events. It is hoping to obtain co-operation with all organisations that have results to publish them on the website.
In 2014 the ministry undertook running tournaments with a profit motive for the first time. It has always been characterised by constant improvement resulting in new innovations. These innovations are designed to improve enjoyment while accommodating stronger and weaker players.
Two of the tournament innovations resulted from the previous 21 tournaments (a minimum of one tournament every holiday, since 2011) include:
- All singles players undergo an ITN Rating test done by International Tennis Federation [ITF] approved officials who determine the strength of the player. ITN Rating Calculation Formula has been instituted in 2015 to take match results into consideration when determining the ITN number.
- The doubles format sometimes used is that of the Elarduspark Doubles Challenge where the same four players play three sets. Each set is with a different partner. Another doubles format used on the fourth day is when every player plays with 10 – 13 different partners over two cycles. In the morning the at least three groups are divided so that all the courts (7 players) are the same strength. In the afternoon players are divided on courts (7 players) where the courts (groups) are from strongest to weakest which is determined by scores achieved in the morning. The weaker players’ contribution must be maximized by the stronger player for them both to do well resulting in doubles being enjoyed by all.
Finally the tournament director endeavors to strive for a close relationship with the tri-une God so he can minister to anyone when prompted by the Holy-Spirit.