WHEELCHAIR TENNIS COACH, KGOTSO MATSHEGO UPBEAT AHEAD OF SA OPEN
Wheelchair Tennis South Africa Performance Coach, Kgotso Matshego has described the national performers camp held at the home of tennis, Arthur Ashe Tennis Center in Jabavu, Soweto at the weekend as a ‘resounding success’.
“The two day camp was very successful, I am very happy. The guys have been training very hard and they have proved all that over the weekend. They were very competitive against each other, playing at a fast pace. It was also great to have the 2013 US Open champion Lucas Sithole join us for the camp, who took to the court and challenged players like Alwande Skhosana, Mayenzeke Gwija, Danny Mohlamonyane to give them an experience to expect at the upcoming SA Open tournament at Ellis Park next month,” commented Matshego.
“We will work together with the coaches to ensure everyone continue with the programme for better preparations for this top flight event,” added Matshego.
The camp which saw over 20 participants battle it out at Arthur Ashe was aimed to improve and increase the level of play and knowledge for the most promising and upcoming tennis stars nationally and to ensure entry into the upcoming much anticipated SA Open Super Series international tournament to be staged at Ellis Park Tennis Stadium from 10-14 April 2017.
The SA Open forms part of the International Tennis Federation (ITF)’s UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour and is classified as one of only six Super Series events held worldwide. The others are contested in Australia, Japan, France, Britain and the USA.
“These camps are a platform we use to identify players who are ready to challenge the world’s best at the upcoming SA Open which is one of the biggest tournaments on the international circuit. Our culture is all about developing upcoming stars and to give everyone an opportunity to grow”, said tournament director Patrick Selepe.
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.