Fresh on her return from Australia, South African wheelchair tennis ace, Kgothatso Montjane, was handed a custom-made wheelchair courtesy of African leading steel manufacturer and supplier, Macsteel, on Monday, 22 February 2021.
The wheelchair is the perfect combination of new technology and materials. At its core, this transcendent chair has a unique, pioneering carbon fibre axle, making it significantly stiffer and lighter.
The Tri-Frame chassis design makes a world of difference to the distribution of energy during play. With the perfection of performance and responsiveness that the GrandSlam X offers.
Montjane was thrilled to receive her new equipment and said, “I have always put in 100% effort in my game. I train hard and practice hard, the only differentiating factor has been my wheelchair.
“The time has come for me to increase my ranking.” – South African wheelchair tennis ace, Kgothatso Montjane
“My opponents have always managed to turn quicker and get around the court faster. Now I am finally at a par in terms of equipment.
“The time has come for me to increase my ranking. This is one thing I can promise Macsteel, I will strive for giving hope to my fellow tennis players and upcoming players to never give up.”
— 𝙀𝙢𝙮 𝘾𝙖𝙨𝙖𝙡𝙚𝙩𝙩𝙞-𝘽𝙬𝙖𝙡𝙮𝙖 (@Emy_Casaletti) February 22, 2021
Deputy Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Nocawe Mafu, was in attendance and made reference to COVID-19 and the disruption this made to sportspeople in general and the obstacle both physically and mentally that it caused Montjane.
“KG was not spared, as it cost her the opportunity to win the Australian Open Doubles in Melbourne. Her physical fitness was at top level with no injuries however, having not played for almost a year before this tournament, impacted her performance negatively.
‘As a country, we are very proud of her performance both in the singles and doubles of this tournament. She displayed confidence, will power and mental strength given the psychological and emotional impact related to the pandemic.”
Photo 1 Caption: South African wheelchair tennis ace, Kgothatso Montjane, receives custom-made wheelchair courtesy of African leading stell manufacturer and supplier, Macsteel, on Monday, 22 February 2021. Photo: Supplied