MONTJANE, SITHOLE BEGIN THEIR NEC MASTERS CAMPAIGNS
South African wheelchair tennis aces Kgothatso Montjane and Lucas Sithole are ready to begin their campaigns at this week’s NEC Masters which gets underway at Loughborough University in England on Wednesday.
The tournament will see the world’s top singles players competing for the most coveted title and trophy. The International Tennis Federation (ITF)’s year-end singles championship invites the top eight men and women, as well as the top six quad players to compete at the ITF's year-end championship for the top ranked singles players.
In the women’s singles Pool B, world number 8 Montjane was drawn with Wimbledon champion Diede de Groot from the Netherlands, Brit Lucy Shuker and world No. 5 Marjolein Buis from the Netherlands.
Wednesday’s first of three days of round-robin competition will see Montjane go head-to-head against UNIQLO Doubles Masters champion Marjolein Buis. The 31-year-old hopes for a better finish this year after she ended her 2015 NEC Masters in 7th place.
In the quads event, South African world number 4 Lucas Sithole and his UNIQLO Doubles Masters partner Brazil’s Ymanitu Silva are drawn in the three-way round-robin Pool A alongside nine-time champion American David Wagner.
Sithole will play Wagner and Siva over the course of Thursday and Friday’s lasts two days of round-robin competition.
Sithole finished in the second place in the 2015 event after losing to Wagner in the finals when the season-ending elite tournament reached a stunning climax at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London and hopes for a top finish this year.