WHEELCHAIR TENNIS TEAMS READY FOR PERFORMANCE LEAGUE
Gauteng promising wheelchair tennis stars are gearing up for an action-packed Performance League to be staged at Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre in Soweto this Sunday.
The event which is aimed at continuing the culture of competitiveness within the Province and improving the level of play and knowledge of the most promising and upcoming tennis stars is made possible by the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation.
Some of the notable stars to take part in the league include, South Africa’s number 2 men’s player Leon Els, world number 5 junior Alwande Skhosana and quad ace Danny Mohlamonyane.
The country’s top junior Skhosana spearheaded the Warriors team to their first league title earlier this year following a sterling performance, going unbeaten in all his matches. This time the 17-year old will partner with Tiisetso Motaung and Nokwanda Hlongwane.
“We enjoyed the first league so much and we look forward to the challenge this Sunday. I am confident that together with Tiisetso and Nokwanda we can get the top position again,” said Skhosana. “We are very grateful for the support from the Gauteng Department of Sport for giving us lots of opportunities to be competitive.”
“It doesn’t matter who is in your team, I believe the reason behind team success is cohesiveness of the team, I am extremely close with Tiisetso and Nokwanda, so we are going to use that to our advantage,” said Skhosana.
Leon Els who made his Paralympic debut in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2016 will join forces with the A Game team of Ronewa Mudzanani and Ian Snyman. The A Game team made a deep run for the league title earlier this year to finish in second place in Jabavu. This year the team will undoubtedly be looking to top the league. With a balance between an experienced athlete Els and young talent, the team looks poised to fight for the crown.
“We can’t wait to play the teams this weekend,” said Mudzanani who also went unbeaten at the league in March. “It was a close fight earlier this year and we can’t wait to compete with them again. It is also great for us to have an experienced player like Leon Els on our side”
The country’s promising star Mpho Mhlongo and Asive Gilifile will join the Fearsome Foursome team and team up with Vuyisani Mantshula. The team has also shown its potential at the league in March this year. While their record may be less convincing after finishing in third place, players like Mantshula have managed to pull out several exciting performances.
The last team is the Unmatchables, the team which comprises of the country’s number 2 quad ace Danny Mohlamonynae, upcoming stars Thato Tsomole and Sean de Hilster who also have their sights set on the league title.