SKHOSANA UPBEAT AHEAD OF JUNIOR MASTERS
South African wheelchair tennis top junior Alwande Skhosana is upbeat about his chances in the upcoming Cruyff Foundation Junior Masters. Skhosana was bubbling with confidence following day one of the preparatory camp ahead of the prestigious junior event, which starts on Thursday in Tarbes, France.
“I enjoyed the first day of the camp, it was exciting and gave me time to study my competitors. The competition will be tough but I have prepared very well for this event and I am going to fight for a top two finish,” said Skhosana.
The former world number two junior, currently ranked world number seven has vowed to play with passion in the Masters event and hoping for better results this year in Tarbes. He finished in 4th position in 2016.
“I love wheelchair tennis and I will play with the passion I have for the sport. I will give it all that I have to bring better results home,” added Skhosana.
The 16-year-old Kwazulu-Natal native took up wheelchair tennis in 2012 and in just less than three years was ranked number two globally. He is certainly one of the country’s talented rising stars.
Skhosana’s coach Khotso Matshego is happy with his preparations for the Junior Masters, “Alwande has put in a lot of work in the last month and half in preparations to this event. He is as ready as can be for this event, but of course, the question of readiness can only be answered when the real competition starts.
The big thing for him is to get accustomed to his surroundings, especially the freezing weather conditions here since is the middle of winter.”
The first day of the camp was great and he worked very well with all the other players and coaches.”
Alwande is a talented player and a hard worker, so I know he will do very well in the tournament.”
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 twelve 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.