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Montjane set for action at the Australia Open

The 2013 Australian Open Wheelchair Championships gets underway at Melbourne Park today (Wednesday), and is the first Grand Slam tournament on the 2013 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour. Participation in the woman’s draw is limited to the top 8 women in the world. South Africa is therefore honoured to have Kgothatso Montjane, or KG, as she is fondly known, as a participant. She is the 1st player from the African Continent to be invited to partake in a wheelchair tennis Grand Slam event.

KG is determined to make 2013 her year and has set her sights on being the 1st African wheelchair tennis player to be ranked in the top 4 in the world. This would add to her already impressive record of firsts. In 2012 she was the 1st African wheelchair tennis player to be nominated for IPC Athlete of the month and the 1st African wheelchair tennis player to be invited to compete in the esteemed World Singles and Doubles Masters. It is clear that the sky is the limit for this phenomenal, steadfast and inspiring athlete.

The draw ceremony for the Australian Open took place on Monday 21 January 2013 where KG, currently ranked no.10 in the world drew the top seed Aniek van Koot ranked no. 2 in the world in the first round. Although a challenging draw, KG has never shyed away from competition, and is the only player in the world to have defeated Aniek in the run up to the Paralympics. Go KG, we are behind you, believe in you, and look forward to celebrating another year of firsts with you.

For more information, please contact Bianca Morkel Tel: 083 386 4002 Fax: 086 651 6664 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Other resources worth a visit include our Facebook page: WheelchairTennisSA and/or follow us on Twitter: @WCTennis.

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