SITHOLE, MONTJANE READY FOR THE US OPEN 2014
South African Sport Stars Lucas Sithole, ranked no.2 in the world and Kgothatso Montjane, ranked no.8 in the world are in the USA to compete in the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour's last Super Series and Grand Slam for 2014. The two tournaments will be taking place back to back with the US Open USTA Wheelchair Tennis Championships Super Series, 26-31 August 2014 in St Louis and the prestigious US Open grand slam in New York, 4-7 September 2014.
Seven of the world's top 10 men's singles players, nine of the world's top 10 women's singles players and seven of the world's top 10 quad singles players will bid for major honours in at the US Open USTA Championships in St. Louis.
Second Seeds Kgothatso Montane and Jordanne Whiley (GBR) are eager to defend their US Open USTA Championships women's doubles title. The Dutch top seeded pair Griffioen and van Koot are in good form looking to take the glory and title for 2014.
Two of Montjane's four doubles titles this year were with partner Jordanne Whiley; winning the Cajun Classic and the Pensacola Open women's doubles titles in March this year.
Montjane had a good break with her last tournament, the Belgian Open, where she reached the women's singles semi-finals. Montjane is in good form mentally and physically and said "I worked hard the last month and I am eager to play and to win. To play in these tournaments with the world's best is always an honour."
Triple amputee Lucas Sithole made history in September 2013 when he won the US Open title to become the first African to win a US Open Grand Slam. Sithole will be looking to successfully defend his 2013 title and once again wheel away with the glory and honour. Lucas "Twister" Sithole said "Mentally I am ready and I look forward to defending my title successfully. This is my most important tournament for the year and am pleased I have this week's event as a warm up for the US Open grand slam. I have prepared well and will give it everything I have." Sithole played his last tournament in July; The British Open where he unfortunately could not defend his title successfully and lost in the semi-finals.
WTSA's Award winning coach Holger Losch said "We are proud of KG and Lucas and their achievements. The longterm sponsorship from Airports Company South Africa has given the athletes the ability to grow and compete, and the athletes, having embraced these opportunities, and worked hard. They have started to reap the rewards and recognition they deserve. We would like to encourage all South African Sport fans to get behind these phenomenal athletes."
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, Kgothatso and Evans 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.