South African top wheelchair tennis ace Kgothatso Montjane is preparing her return to competition after a seven-month layoff at the French Open.
The wheelchair tennis event gets underway on Wednesday, 7 October until Saturday, 10 October in Paris.
“Following a successful US Open event, it was a shred of clear evidence to show that there are safety protocols in place for everyone to be back to competition, and that’s what enhanced my decision to go to Roland Garros.
“I’m still anxious though about COVID-19, so I will just need to make sure that I stay safe.” South African top wheelchair tennis ace Kgothatso Montjane
Because of concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic, Montjane opted not to travel to New York for the U.S. Open. The current world number 7 last played in a competitive match in January, when she reached the Australian Open semi-final round in Melbourne.
The French Open Grand Slam, which normally takes place in May was postponed from its usual slot due to coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s been a while since I have played a competitive match and I’m just longing to get back to the competition to test where my mind is, in terms of competing.” – Kgothatso Montjane
The Limpopo-born star admitted that the transition from hardcourt to clay will be difficult, “It will be challenging to move from hardcourt to clay, but I am determined to go out there and challenge myself.
“I honestly miss competing, so I think I have prepared enough – despite preparations being on hardcourt!”
Montjane will be joined by fellow South Africans – Lloyd Harris, Kevin Anderson and Raven Klaasen in the tournament.
Photo Caption: SA no.1 wheelchair tennis player Kgothatso Montjane pictured in action in hardcourt action. Despite doing all her training on a hard court since lockdown, Montjane says she will rise to the occasion, and relishes the opportunity to resume professional play on the red clay courts of Rolland Garros, at the 2020 French Open Grand Slam. Photo: Anna Vasalaki
With editing by gsport