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Top wheelchair tennis stars to compete in ACSA SA Open and ACSA Border Open
Tuesday, November 11, 2008 | 00:00

Top wheelchair tennis stars to compete in ACSA SA Open and ACSA Border Open

During the month of December South Africa’s top seeded wheelchair tennis players will compete for a world ranking in the ACSA South African Open and ACSA Border Open.  The ACSA SA Open takes place from 9-13 December in Cape Town while the ACSA Border Open will be held from 14 -19 December in East London. Both tournaments are international events.

During the two tournaments all eyes will be on the potential clash between rivals Sydwell Mathonsi (SA 1) and Desmond Monyamane (SA 2). Monyamane caused the upset of the tournament in the recent ACSA Free State Open when he narrowly beat Mathonsi in the semi finals.  Another great rivalry to watch for is the pairing of Mathonsi vs Nyasha Mharukurwa (ZIM No 1). They have played each other 4 times this year with Mharakurwa now leading the race 3:1.

Young and upcoming players like Evans Maripa, Lucas Sithole and Marshall Marsh are also in line to serve up a few surprises during the two tournaments with women’s wheelchair tennis number one, Kgothatso Montjane, looking to continue her winning streak.

Both tournaments are sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation and are played under the auspices of Wheelchair Tennis South Africa (WTSA), an organisation that is focused on developing the sport in Africa. The tournaments are supported by Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) as part of their corporate social investment programme.

“But it’s not only about achieving a world ranking.” says Holger Losch, Director of WTSA. “These tournaments also give the players vital match playing experience that provides a solid foundation for all players. For the more experienced players these tournaments will help them prepare for major international events, like the World Team Cup.”

The tournaments have both have a women’s, men and quads draw for players to compete in as well as a Young Stars draw which is specifically aimed at beginner players who need more playing experience.

Commenting on ACSA’s involvement in wheelchair tennis Solomon Makgale, Communications Manager for ACSA says, “Through a strong partnership with WTSA, ACSA hopes to popularise the sport, raise awareness and encourage more people with disabilities to participate in wheelchair tennis on a social and professional level. Wheelchair tennis is one of the fastest growing disabled sports in South Africa and we are seeing an increase in emerging young players year on year. We hope to encourage many more young players to take an interest in the game.”

Details of both events:

9-13 December 2008 (Finals will be played on Saturday 13 December)
Time:  Play starts at 8.30am
Venue: Strand Tennis Club, Strand, Western Cape (map below)

ACSA Border Open
14 December – 19 December (Finals will be played on 19 December)
Time: Play starts at 8.30am
Venue: Old Selbournian Tennis Club, East london

Please RSVP to all events to:
Dhiveja Sundrum
Tel: 011 563 4900
Cell: 072 687 6486

For daily match scores, more information and photographs please contact 
Dhiveja Sundrum
Tel: 011 563 4900
Cell: 072 687 6486

Nangamso Jacobs
Tel: 011 563 4900
Cell: 083 367 5639

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