SOUTH AFRICAN TOP JUNIORS RETURN TO SRI LANKA
South African top wheelchair tennis juniors Alwande Skhosana and Nokwanda Hlongwane leave on February 12 to represent the country in a three-week challenge in Sri Lanka.
The two Kwazulu-Natal stars’ itinerary includes competing in Negombo Open from 14-16 February, SL Open from 18-20 February and SSC Open from 22-24 February.
All three events are International Tennis Federation (ITF) Futures tournaments which forms part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour.
The two will be joined by the boys world number 11 Ian Snyman who hails from Hartbeespoort in the North West Province. Snyman, who represented the country at last year’s BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Korea Republic will take part in the SL Open and SSC Open.
Skhosana and Hlongwane, who both attends Adelaide Thambo Special School in Soweto will be making their second visit to South Asia.
Hlongwane, girl’s world number two will be looking for better results after reaching singles quarter-final and doubles semi-finals at all three events last year.
“I did not play my best in Sri Lanka last year, I know I can do better than finishing as a quarter-finalist. I will be going back this time with a winning spirit after all the hard work I have put on court before the festive season,” commented Hlongwane.
Skhosana will be returning to Sri Lanka bubbling with confidence after he returned home from the Cruyff Foundation Junior Masters in France last week with his head held high following a best all-round performance at the prestigious junior event.
The 16-year-old did the country proud as he made it up to semi-final stage in Tarbes losing 7-5 6-1 to Rubén Spaargaren of the Netherlands in the boys singles event.
The world number 7 went on and produced a master class performance with partner Ruairi Logan from Britain to reach the boys doubles semi-finals. The duo continued their remarkable run in the doubles finals but were outclassed by Ruben Spaargaren (NED) and Conner Stroud (USA) 6-0 7-5.
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.