Maripa’s debut at the UNIQLO Doubles Masters
South Africa's no.1 ranked men's wheelchair tennis player, Evans Maripa, will be departing for the 2014 UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Doubles Masters this weekend. This event is being held at the Marguerite Tennis Paviliion in Mission Viejo, Southern California from 5-9 November.
Maripa and doubles partner, world no 1, Shingo Kunieda (JPN) are one of only 8 men's pairings that have qualified for this prestigious tournament.
Together Maripa and Kunieda (JPN) won the Japan Open in July 2014 and are considered strong contenders for the title. They will however need to be in top form to beat the French Open Grand Slam winners Joachim Gerard (BEL) and Stephane Houdet (FRA) .
No. Name and Ranking Team Ranking Nation Points Ranked Events
1. GERARD, Joachim (5) HOUDET, Stephane (1) 6 BEL FRA 4171 7292 9
2. JERMEIASZ, Michael (9) REID, Gordon (3) 12 FRA GBR 2677 5118 9
3. FERNANDEZ, Gustavo (7) PEIFER, Nicolas (6) 13 ARG FRA 3137 4159 9
4. KUNIEDA, Shingo (2) MARIPA, Evans (14) 16 JPN RSA 6118 1956 9
5. EGBERINK, Tom (13) SCHEFFERS, Maikel (4) 17 NED NED 2226 4789 9
6. MCCARROLL, Marc (15) PHILLIPSON, David (23) 38 GBR GBR 1734 1336 9
7. MEDEIROS, Rafael (44) RODRIGUES, Daniel (53) 97 BRA BRA 666 515 9
8. BALDWIN, Steve (65) WELCH, Stephen (38) 103 USA USA 433 773 9
WTSA's Director and Coach Holger Losch said: "We are extremely proud of Evans. He has grown tremendously in his game and would like to wish both Evans and Shingo all the best at the upcoming Doubles Masters event."
Wheelchair Tennis South Africa and Airports Company South Africa Partnership:
Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has for the 10 years been the official sponsor of Wheelchair Tennis South Africa and the sport of wheelchair tennis. Through the continued sponsorship from Airports Company South Africa WTSA hosts six International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournaments,, three National Camps, and grassroot programmes at no less than 50 community centres and schools across South Africa