SITHOLE SET OFF FOR SEASON-ENDING CHAMPIONSHIP IN LONDON
South African wheelchair tennis quad ace Lucas Sithole this week will return to London to join the elite field of the world’s best players at the Olympic Park for the end-of-year singles championship, the 2016 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters. The ITF’s season-ending Championships for the world’s top singles players will be held from 30 November to 4 December.
For the third successive year the prestigious tournament will be staged at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, Great Britain.
The top eight men's singles and women's singles players and the top six quad singles players at the ranking cut-off date of 10 October qualify for the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters.
This year the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters will feature six quad singles players for the first time, having previously been contested by the top four players.
After he finished as a runner-up last year in London to eight-time champion David Wagner from America, world number three Lucas Sithole hopes for the top prize this year.
“In 2014 I finished in the third place, last year second and hopefully this year I will take the title for the first time”, said Sithole.
Sithole plans to make up for the recent loss in the 3/4 playoffs when he missed out on a bronze medal as he went down to Wagner in the 2016 Paralympics at Olympic Tennis Centre in Brazil.
The two-time Grand Slam Champion jets off on Saturday, 26 November from OR Tambo International Airport with his coach Holger Losch.
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.