MONTJANE, MARIPA END THE YEAR WITH A TWO-WEEK EUROPEAN CHALLENGE
Kgothatso Montjane (or KG as she is fondly known) and Evans Maripa, two of South Africa’s most successful wheelchair tennis players, are just a day away from taking part in their two season-ending tournaments in Europe.
After a great performance for both stars finishing as finalists and clinching doubles titles at the recent PTR Wheelchair Tennis Champs in the United States, they are now both hoping to wrap up the year on a high note.
The country’s leading women’s player Montjane and world number 13 men’s ace Maripa both from Limpopo will begin their excursion at the Bath Indoor Tournament in Bath, Great Britain. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) level 1 event which forms part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour will take place from 15 – 19 November.
After the ITF 1 event, the two will move on to the Prague Cup, an ITF level 2 tournament which takes place in Prague, Czech Republic from November 23-27.
The two Limpopo stars will be hoping to build on their stunning performance at last year’s event where they reached the finals. The 26-year-old Maripa fought and showed great composure, but was knocked out in the last two by Japanese world number 11 Takuya Miki.
“After every tournament I always come back home to regroup and work hard to better my game, so I am going to Europe with a polished game plan and hope to perform better than last year,” said Maripa.
Like Maripa, the 30-year-old Montjane was also denied the singles title last year in Prague by world number 7 Dutch-lady Diede De Groot in the women’s final. “It is always a great feeling to end the year on a high note, so I will play my best in Europe with a hope for better results,” said Montjane.
“I have had enough time to rest and put more work on court since my last tournament early October, so I have prepared well for the challenge,” added Montjane.
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.