STAR-STUDDED LINE UP TAKING SHAPE FOR SA OPEN
Wheelchair Tennis South Africa today confirmed the entries for the 2017 SA Open tournament to be staged at Ellis Park Tennis Stadium in Johannesburg from 10-14 April.
World No.1 and SA Open reigning Champion, Stephane Houdet from France, will defend his title against an all-star men’s line up, including World No.2 Gerard Joachim from Belgium and World No.3 and reigning Paralympic Games Champion, Brit’s Gordon Reid. The South African men’s field will be headed by world No.14 Evans Maripa with world No.38 Leon Els behind him as the country’s second hope.
“I am really looking forward to returning to South Africa again. It is always a buzz to return to a venue where you have won titles. I really enjoy the tournament in South Africa, the people are friendly and the weather is always welcoming”, said World No.1 Houdet.
Heading up the women’s field will be 2016 Wimbledon Champion and world No.1 Jiske Griffioen who will be back at the ‘Old-lady of tennis’ Ellis Park to defend her title. Behind Griffioen will be 20-year-old world No.3 Diede De Groot from the Netherlands, World No.4 Germany’s Sabine Ellerbrock, World No.5 and World No.6 Aniek van Koot and Marjolein Buis respectively both from the Netherlands.
The top five aces will be a strongest opposition for South Africa’s Kgothatso Montjane who will run amok and stop any foreigners’ hopes of running away with the points during the event.
2015 SA Open quads champion South Africa’s Lucas Sithole will be hoping to retain his crown this year after he lost the title to World No.2 David Wagner from America last year. Sithole will face strong opposition from his biggest rival Wagner who edged him out at the weekend at the Arizona Open in Tuscan, USA to take the quads title. The 30-year-old Sithole will also have to pit against World No.3 Andy Lapthorne who is among the three top ranked quads players set to contest this year’s tourney.
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.