Bhunu heads for Sun City

Valeria Bhunu, until recently the country’s highest-ranked female junior tennis player, is back at a leading Cape Town academy and in upbeat mood ahead of her graduation to the professional ranks.

Bhunu has gone professional.
Bhunu has gone professional.

“I no longer play juniors anymore and I will be starting the pro circuit in Sun City,” she said ahead of the International Tennis Federation Sun City F1 Futures, which begins on May 27. “I am now based at the Anthony Harris Tennis academy permanently. I had been training here since end of 2011 until early 2013 when I had to take some time out to complete my schooling,” she said from Cape Town.

She added preparations for the Sun City series were progressing well.

Founder of the academy, Anthony Harris, has played a key role in the development of such stars as David Sanchez, Dudi Sela, Andy Ram, Yoni Erlich and Amir Hadad among others.

The Harare-born Bhunu, who started playing tennis at the age of seven, boasts an impressive curriculum vitae in the junior ranks.

Previously based at the ITF Centre in Pretoria, where her exceptional talent and maturity resulted in her being awarded a scholarship at the age of 11 when the minimum entry age limit is 13, she has won a number of tournaments at home and such countries as Burundi, Italy, Malawi and neighbouring South Africa.

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