MARIPA ACHIEVES DOUBLE GLORY IN ISRAEL
South Africa’s No.1 wheelchair tennis men’s player Evans Maripa bagged both the singles and doubles titles of the Israel Open in Ramat Hasharon, Israel at the weekend.
Maripa overpowered world No.18 Ezequiel Casco from Argentina in straight sets to claim his first Israel Open singles gold without dropping a set in the tournament. The 26-year-old dominated from start to finish in the final of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) level 2 event to defeat the Argentinian 6-1 6-4.
It was a double delight for the world No.13 from Limpopo as he began to accomplish his mission to target an ever higher seeding in the world rankings.
“The last few days were so exciting, so great to feel the enthusiasm and to play great tennis,” commented Maripa.
“It was a perfect week for me winning the singles title without dropping a set in the tournament. My main focus now is to up my ranking and I will be heading to Europe this week in high spirit and just play my best game.”
“My confidence is so high, I’m playing my best tennis ever at the moment and I hope I can keep it up going forward,” added Maripa, who will be heading to the Czech Republic this week for the Vinci Czech Open, also an ITF level 2 tournament starting from 24 to 28 May.
Maripa and doubles partner David Dalmasso from France teamed up and went on to win the men’s doubles title, beating Argentinian pair of Ezequiel Casco and Agustin Ledesma 6-3, 6-3 in the final.
“Nothing beats the feeling of ending a tournament with a win, so winning the doubles as well and taking home two titles makes me really happy,” Maripa added.
After the Vinci Czech Open, the 26-year-old will move on to represent South Africa in the Plock Orlen Polish Open in Poland from 30 May – 03 June before he returns home.