SA ACE LUCAS SITHOLE READY FOR THE FRENCH OPEN
South African ace Lucas Sithole has spent the last month preparing for the upcoming BNP Paribas Open de France Super Series 24 – 29 June in Paris, France. The BNP Paribas Open de France Super Series is one of the six top wheelchair tennis events on the ITF Wheelchair Tennis tour, and has attracted 8 of the world's top 10 quad players in the draw of 24.
Lucas Sithole, the triple amputee from Newcastle, Kwazulu-Natal says "I am working hard to get closer to my dream of becoming world no.1. I am going to give it my all and look forward to the tournament".
Sithole catapulted to world no.2 in September 2013, after his historic win over Wagner at the US Open, becoming the first African to win a US Open Grand Slam.
At the recent Japan Open Sithole defeated the American world no.1 and defending champion David Wagner again to lift his second Super Series trophy for 2014 and 3rd for his career. The rivalry between the world no.1 Wagner and world no.2 Sithole is becoming one of the greatest rivalries in wheelchair tennis and with a ranking point difference of only 798 points it is all to play for at the BNP Paribas Open de France.
Wheelchair Tennis South Africa and Airports Company South Africa Partnership:
Airports Company South Africa is the official sponsor of Wheelchair Tennis South Africa. The company is committed to a continued investment in the sport as its flagship Corporate Social Investment programme and through this partnership; the company hopes to produce more achievers like Lucas Sithole, Kgothatso Montjane and Evans Maripa ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games and beyond. Airports Company South Africa would like to encourage more young people to be inspired by the players' achievement and get involved in the sport.