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History

Wheelchair tennis started in South Africa in 2003, mainly due to a donation by Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) of tennis wheelchairs. It was only in 2005 however, when ACSA began to contribute financially, that the South Africa (WTSA) association was officially established and the game took off.

Sonja Peters embassador visit to SA in January 2004

2004

  • ACSA sponsors the first tennis wheelchairs
  • The first international tour for SA wheelchair tennis players takes place

ACSA announces Wheelchair tennis as an official CSI project

2005

  • WTSA officially established
  • WTSA announced as an official ACSA CSI project, and receives its first finanicial contribution from ACSA
  • The first ACSA SA Open is held

ITF World Team Cup is held in South Africa

2006

  • A sponsored SA team participates in the 2006 World Team Cup in Brazil

2008

  • Two players, Kgothatso Montjane and Sydwell Mathonsi, awarded wild cards to play in the Paralympic Games

2009

  • Evans Maripa wins gold at the Asia Youth Para Games

ITF World Team Cup is held in South Africa

2011

  • ITF World Team Cup is held in South Africa
  • Two players, Mabel Mankgele and Gift Lekganyane, qualify for the World Junior Masters
  • The SA men’ team wins bronze in World Group II at the BNP World Team Cup

ITF World Team Cup is held in South Africa

2012

  • Four players, Kgothatso Montjane, Lucas Sithole, Evans Maripa and Sydwell Mathonsi, qualify on merit for the Paralympics
  • Two SA players are ranked in the top 10 players in the world
  • Three players, Gift Lekganyane, Thato Tsomole and Marika Venter, qualify on merit for the World Junior Masters
  • The SA Men’ team wins Silver in World Group II and are promoted to World Group I at the BNP World Team Cup
  • Holger Losch & Craig Fairall named on the International Wheelchair Tennis Coaches Commission

2013

  • SA awarded the privilege of hosting one of the six ITF Super Series Events – a premier event on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.
  • Five players are ranked in the top 10 junior players in the world