Kgothatso Montjane, a 26 year old lady from Limpopo has once again put SA in the record books, and made our nation proud. She is the first African Wheelchair Tennis player to qualify for the prestigious NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters and Invacare Doubles Masters that took place from 7-11 November in Belgium and 14-18 November in the Netherlands.
The NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters was initiated in 1994 to honour the top players. Today, it is the most coveted trophy on the NEC tour as only the top eight men and women, and top four quads in the world are invited to participate in these esteemed events. These events have historically drawn significant media attention and public interest as the players not only play tennis of the highest caliber, but it is the best of the best competing in a round robin format.
Montjane is currently ranked nr. 10 in the women's open division and only started playing tennis when she was 20 years old. She has won an impressive 29 singles titles, played in two Paralympics, beaten no less than four of the top 10 players in the world, including World No 2, Anniek van Koort, and now has qualified for the most prestigious event on the Wheelchair Tennis Tour - both the Singles and Doubles Masters.
WTSA's Director and Coach Holger Losch said: "We are extremely proud of KG (as she is fondly called) as she is a talented young women who is not only committed, but shows constant dedication, and determination. Her hard work will pay off, and we believe she has only just started to achieve her potential."
Participation in local and international tournaments is made possible by a generous sponsorship from Airports Company South Africa, the official sponsor of the sport.