JOBURG OPEN DRAW AND SEEDS ANNOUNCED
The seeds and draw for the Airports Company South Africa Joburg Open, part of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour were announced on Sunday. The tournament, an ITF level 3 event, will be staged in Johannesburg at the Ellis Park Tennis Stadium from Monday 14 December with the finals scheduled for Thursday 17 December.
In the absence of the top women’s player, Kgothatso Montjane, former world no.1 junior Mariska Venter is the no. 1 seed on the women's side. The Mauritius Open champion could meet French-lady Christine Schoenn in the finals who will be hunting another win after clinching two titles in South Africa early this year. Schoenn is seeded no.2 and behind her is Turkey’s Busra Un.
On the men's side, world no.14 Japanese star Takuya Miki is the no.1 seed, the country’s top ranked player Evans Maripa is seeded no.2 and Rafael Medeiros of Brazil no. 3. Mauritius Open Champion Leon Els seeded no.4 is on Miki’'s side of the draw and the two could meet up in the semi-finals.
In the quads division, Lucas Sithole, the country’s number one quad ace who finished second at the NEC Masters this month will be heading the quads draw. Israel’s Haim Lev is seeded second with Bongani Dlamini behind him.
Top juniors Alwande Skhosana and Nokwande Hlongwane are seeded no.1 in the boys and girls draw respectively.
Each tournament will include singles and doubles draws for men, women, quads and juniors.
Play is scheduled to start at 10h00 each day but subject to change.
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.