Hoosen Bobat Bio
Hoosen Bobat Bio
Hoosen Bobat is an ex-competitive tennis player and a leading financial advisor, from Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. He was born in the Botanical Gardens area of Durban in 1952. He graduated with a B. Com degree from the University of Durban-Westville, joined the family insurance business as a Certified Financial Planner. He has been leading the family company, Bobat’s Wealth Solutions (now in its 94th year) since mid-1970s.
As a youngster, Hoosen excelled at multiple sports, playing tennis, cricket, soccer, table tennis and snooker. His first love, however, was tennis and it is the sport in which he excelled. His provincial and national achievements include Natal Under 14, 16 and 18 singles titles, which he won twelve times. He was also the Natal Open Men’s singles champion and the Natal Challenge Series singles champion, four times.
He was a member of the Southern Natal inter-provincial team for 10 years and served as captain three times. He also won the Western province under 16 and 18 singles titles. The pinnacle of his tennis achievement was winning the non-racial South African under 19 singles and doubles in 1969 in Gqeberha.
A back injury sustained while playing cricket put an end to his competitive tennis playing career at age 23. He then became involved in tennis administration and provided free tennis coaching at the public Jeeven Kara Centre for over 20 years, introducing tennis to hundreds of children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Some followed in his footsteps and became champions.
Semi-retired, he is involved in charitable activities, plays social tennis and is a keen catch and release fly fisherperson. He is an expert fly tier and has run courses for fly-fishing enthusiasts. He is a nature lover and passionately involved in environmental causes.