SOUTH AFRICAN JUNIORS CLINCH 6TH POSITION AT WORLD TEAM CUP
South African junior wheelchair tennis team which comprises of world number three Alwande Skhosana and Ian Snyman (World number thirteen) finished sixth in their event at the 2016 BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Tokyo, Japan after a 2-1 loss to Belgium on Thursday.
Competing in his first World Team Cup for South Africa, Snyman earned his first win at the International Tennis Federation (ITF)’s flagship international team event over Justin Peraux from Belgium with a 6-4 5-7 7-5 victory in the opening singles rubber to put South Africa ahead. After a great win on Tuesday when South Africa dismantled Russia 2-1, 15-year-old Skhosana found Jef Vandorpe a tougher opponent, with the world number four winning the second singles rubber 6-2 6-3 to force the deciding doubles.
Skhosana and Snyman who were the youngest among their competitors in the event clinched sixth position after they lost to Peraux and Vandorpe (BEL) 6-2 7-5 with a decisive 2-1 over South Africa in the 5/6th place play-off.
“I’m very delighted, this week was a great experience for me and I look forward to more international challenges. Also my first singles win today against Justin Peraux was a great confidence boost and I gave it my all and was really pleased with my performance,” said Snyman.
"It was a real team effort this week and we have played our part and enjoyed some fantastic tennis. It is always amazing to represent your country,” said Alwande Skhosana.
"Alwande and Ian have performed very creditably considering that it’s their first time at the World Team Cup, which augur well for the future," said Wheelchair Tennis SA Coach Holger Losch. "The boys gave it all - they played with pride, passion and commitment knowing they are not only doing it for themselves, but for a team, and a country."
South African quads team will go up against Italy on Friday for position seven and eight playoffs.
Juniors – Play-off 5-6
4-BELGIUM defeated 3-SOUTH AFRICA 2-1
Ian Snyman (RSA) bt Justin Peraux (BEL) 6-4 5-7 7-5
Jef Vandorpe (BEL) bt Alwande Skhosana (RSA) 6-2 6-3
Justin Peraux/ Jef Vandorpe (BEL) bt Ian Snyman/ Alwande Skhosana (RSA) 6-2 7-5
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.