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MR “TENNIS” COMES TO RTC

By Maggy Lehmicke | In Club News | on February 23, 2016

Redmond Tennis Club and Caylix Sport are extremely pleased to announce that one of South Africa’s most influencial tennis business minds is coming to RTC. He has been a huge influence in tennis development in South Africa, and the Academy he started was responsible for some of the best talent coming out of the country at the moment. He has a fascinating story, and its one well worth Sharing-

Working with the great Nelson Mandela

Working with the great Nelson Mandela

Charl Faurie served as a South African Diplomat during interesting times when then President De Klerk freed Nelson Mandela and negotiations began to establish a new fully democratic dispensation for South Africa. His first foreign post was in Washington DC during the De Klerk regime, and after a one- year sabbatical at Oxford University in 1993/94, was the first diplomat deployed to Copenhagen, Denmark, under the Presidency of President Nelson Mandela. But sport, and more specifically tennis, was his real passion.

As a diplomat in Washington DC, Charl contacted all the South African tennis players who qualified for the US Open and left letters in their hotel rooms offering good wishes and any support, should they need it, from the Embassy in Washington. A good rapport was established between Charl and the top South African players which continued during his diplomatic career. Whilst in Denmark Charl ensured that sport was included in a bilateral conference between the two countries to improve co-operation on various fields. A tennis exchange programme was established between the two countries that resulted in many up and coming South African junior players visiting Denmark to participate in ITF sanctioned tournaments.

Charl left the diplomatic service in August 1998, to establish a sport management company, with tennis as its main focus. With the support of most of the top South African players, with whom Charl also worked, such as Wayne Ferreira, Marcus Ondruska, David Nankin, Pietie Norval, Neville Godwin, Justin Bower, David Adams, Mariaan de Swart and Joanetta Kruger. Spier Sport Management was to bring international tournaments with internationally top ranked tennis players back to South Africa.

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In 1999, Charl’s newly established sport management company, Spier Sport Management, launched the Cape Town Tennis Challenge which included all of South Africa’s top players, up and coming juniors, and a number of top international players such as Leander Page, George Bastl, Andrew Illie and Anrei Pavel. Charl raised major international sponsorship for the tournaments in excess of R1 million each year.

He was also the Manager for the South African Davis Cup Team under coach Craig Tiley for Davis Cup Ties in Cape Town and the UK. He also established the Wayne Ferreira Trust Fund which supported previously disadvantaged players to establish international careers, such as Raven Klaasen Australian open doubles finalist- and currently world number 20) and Punch Maleka.

Spier Sport Management evolved into Caylix Sport Management, after it was bought by its current owner, Le Roux Conradie. Under Le Roux’s guidance, Caylix Sport has grown and is a valuable contributor to tennis and tennis development in South Africa. Caylix Sport has presented 3 weeks mens and ladies ITF Futures and 2 weeks Junior ITF tennis tournaments in Stellenbosch, Western Cape, SA in October/November 2015 and the same series of events was confirmed to take place during 2016 in South Africa, organized by Caylix Sport in 2016.

Charl has continued his involvement with Caylix Sport, mainly in the legal and international expansion fields. This expertise will be utilised  in a new partnership with Caylix Sport and  RTC with the goal of delivering a truly professional, first class tennis experience here in the Pacific Northwest.

We are truly excited for his arrival as part of the RTC team !! Welcome aboard MAESTRO!

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