With great form in her recent tournaments, SA no. 1 wheelchair tennis player Kg Montjane is in the USA preparing for her debut appearance at the US Open Grand Slam. Photo: Supplied

Wheelchair Tennis South Africa has lauded Kgothatso “KG” Montjane for qualifying for an invitation to play in the esteemed US Open from 5-8 September, with invitations to the final Grand Slam of the year in New York limited to the world’s top eight women.

The invitation marks Montjane’s debut appearance at the US Open, being the first time that players from Africa have been invited to play, but comes on the heels of her Swiss Open win in July, when the SA no.1 beat world no.3 Jiske Griffioen for the second time in consecutive tournaments.

With a total of 29 impressive wins behind her name, Montjane is positive and proud of her achievements and the opportunity that game sponsor Airports Company South Africa has given her to compete at this level.

World no.1 Sabine Ellerbrock (GER) and world no.2 Aniek van Koot (NED) will be the players to beat in the women’s draw, and the talented South African has defeated both van Koot and Ellerbrock, in 2012.

WTSA’s Manager, Karen Losch, said “We are proud of the athletes and their achievements.

“The long-term sponsorship from Airports Company South Africa has given the athletes the ability to grow and compete, and having embraced these opportunities and worked hard, the athletes have started to reap the rewards and recognition they deserve.

“We would like to encourage South African sport fans to get behind these phenomenal athletes. Let their achievements inspire you.”

Montjane left for the USA on the 24 of August where she first competes in the US Open USTA Wheelchair Tennis Championships Super Series, in St. Louis from 27 August to 1 September, after which she will compete in the esteemed US Open Grand Slam.


(With editing by gsport)