SOUTH AFRICAN WHEELCHAIR TENNIS TRIO OFF TO THE BRITISH OPEN
Three South African wheelchair tennis aces, Lucas Sithole, Kgothatso ‘KG’ Montjane and Evans Maripa jet off on Sunday to contest the penultimate Super Series tournament, the British Open, part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour to be staged at Nottingham, Great Britain from 14-19 July 2015.
Two-time British Open champion Lucas Sithole will be hoping to turn the tables at this year’s event after his doubles partner and world number one Dylan Alcott ended his winning streak at Nottingham Tennis Centre last year. The 28-year-old was knocked out in straight sets 3-6 0-6 by the Australian in the semi-finals at last year’s event.
Going into the event, former US Open champion Sithole has a tremendous 185 career singles titles behind his name and was the first player from the African continent to win a Super Series title in the Great Britain. Sithole defeated former world no 1, David Wagner (USA) to claim the quad’s singles title at the British Open in 2013. “I have done it before and I know I can do it again”, said confident Sithole.
South Africa’s top ranked women’s player Kgothatso Montjane will represent the country in the women’s division. Montjane who had to withdraw from her Korea Republic tour last month due to a severe throat infection has recovered and primed to take the British challenge.
The country’s top men’s player Evans Maripa will take to court against the world's top 10 players in the men’s draw of 32 in Nottingham. Maripa and Montjane will go on to play two ITF 1 tournaments, the Swiss Open in Switzerland from 21 – 26 July and Belgium Open from 28 July - 01 August 2015.
Participation in events like these is made possible by the game sponsor, Airports Company South Africa who has been the major sponsor of Wheelchair Tennis South Africa (WTSA) for the past eleven years.
Wheelchair Tennis South Africa and Airports Company South Africa Partnership:
The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) is the official sponsor of Wheelchair Tennis South Africa and the sport of wheelchair tennis. Airports Company South Africa has contributed no less than R36-million to date and has committed to a continued investment in the sport as its flagship Corporate Social Investment programme.