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South African wheelchair tennis ace Evans Maripa will open his 2017 campaign with two tournaments in Europe this February, Wheelchair Tennis South Africa (WTSA) confirmed on Monday.

The country’s leading men’s player will jet off on Sunday, 12 February and will kick-off his season at ABN AMRO Tournament, an International Tennis Federation (ITF) level 1 event from 14-18 February in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The 26-year-old will move on to the USN Bolton Arena, an ITF level 2 tournament to be staged in Bolton, Great Britain from 21-25 February.

"I can't wait to return to Europe. I played some of my best tennis to beat world number 8 Takashi Sanada (JPN) to reach the ABN AMRO tournament quarter-finals last year, and enjoyed playing amongst the top ten players in the world" said Maripa.

Maripa (world number 14) impressed last year in Rotterdam and will return to improve upon his quarter-final appearance. The Limpopo star caused a major upset win over world no.8 Japanese Takashi Sanada in his debut in the tournament following a wild card entry awarded by tournament director Esther Vergeer, completing the roster of participants for the top flight world tournament.

Maripa will also be hoping for the top prize finish this year in Britain after finishing as runners-up with doubles partner Tom Egberink from the Netherlands at USN Bolton Arena last year.

Attached picture:

Maripa22a.jpg – Evans Maripa

Picture credit: Reg Caldecott

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.

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