A total field of six international wheelchair tennis players and 50 locals across all three divisions – men’s, women’s, and quads kicked off in East London on Wednesday, with SA’s No.1, Kgothatso Montjane the tournament’s top seed in the women’s division.
Wheelchair Tennis South Africa (WTSA) is hosting the Airports Company South Africa Border Open at Selborne Park Tennis Stadium from 7 December to 10 December 2011, and will see top players from Japan, Great Britain, Austria and Zimbabwe battling it out against the mighty South Africans.
Montjane has spent 2011 preparing for the Paralympics in September 2012, and is currently ranked No.11 internationally, well within reach of attaining a place at the Games.
In anticipation of the event, Holger Losch, the WTSA director said, “We are looking forward to hosting the international players and are confident that they will be in for some tough competition. With all top players aiming to do as well as possible in an attempt to increase their points for in the race to qualify for the Paralympics, the crowds will be in for a treat!”
WTSA currently has more than 350 active players around South Africa through the support and sponsorship of Airports Company South Africa. As the official sponsor of the sport it has contributed no less than fourteen million rand to the sport over the last four years.
The Airports Company South Africa has committed to a continued investment in the sport as its flagship CSI project and this will ensure an increased awareness of the discipline among the disabled community of South Africa.
Women’s Results at the ACSA Border Open at Selborne Park Tennis Stadium, 7 to 10 December 2011:1-Kgothatso Montjane bt Tsolofelo Sibanda 6-0 6-0 3-Rose van der Meer bt Tshilitsi Muanalo 6-0 6-0 4-Laura Coteman bt Thandeka Dhladla 6-1 6-4 2-Celia du Toit bt Mariska Venter 7-5 6-1