MANKGELE, Mabel Team South Africa
“"Practice makes perfect"”
“"Play hard and know what you want"”
“"Tennis changed my life: before I was battling to walk and now I am flying to Europe”Mabel MANKGELE
For further player statistics, see Mabel’s profile on the ITF website.
Birth date: 7 November, 1994,
School: Filadelphia High School, Soshanguve
Family home: Tzaneen, Limpopo
Greatest strength: Forehand
Plays: Right hand
Hobbies: Watching TV and sport
Special diet: No
Training schedule: Twice a week, three hours
Tennis aspirations: To be No. 1 in SA and world wide
Full name: Mabel Mankgele
Age: 19 years old
Division: Women's division
National Ranking: No. 2 in the women's division;
International Ranking: No. 29 in the women's division, best ranking 27th (01/07/2013)
Most significant opportunity: Invited to the Cruyff Foundation Junior Masters in Tarbes, France 2011 & 2012
Mabel is no ordinary teenager. Born with a disability she developed an inner strength that would lead her to play competitive wheelchair tennis at the tender age of 16. Her love of the game has opened many doors and she is most inspired when learning from other players. Mabel believes that practice makes perfect and is well known for her repeated displays of courage and persistence.
Mabel was one of four young female wheelchair tennis players hand-picked from around the globe to be invited to compete in the prestigious Cruyff Foundation Junior Masters in Tarbes, France in both 2011 and 2012. South Africa was honoured by the invitation of one of its players to attend the highly-regarded event.
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