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Sithole has his sights set on Open de France glory

South African tennis ace Lucas Sithole has spent the last month preparing for the BNP Paribas Open de France Super Series starting in Paris on Tuesday.

The BNP Paribas Open de France Super Series is one of the six top wheelchair tennis events on the ITF Wheelchair Tennis tour, and has attracted eight of the world’s top 10 quad players in the draw of 24.

A triple amputee from Newcastle, Kwazulu-Natal and a member of Team South Africa at the London Paralympics, Sithole says: ÔÇ£I am working hard to get closer to my dream of becoming world No1. I am going to give it my all and am looking forward to the tournamentÔÇØ.

Sithole catapulted to world No2 in September 2013, after his historic win over David Wagner at the US Open, as he became the first African to win a US Open Grand Slam.

At the recent Japan Open, Sithole again defeated the American world leader and defending champion Wagner again to lift his second Super Series trophy for 2014 and the third for his career.

The rivalry between the Wagner and himself is now becoming one of the greatest rivalries in wheelchair tennis and with a ranking point difference of only 798 points it’s all to play for at the BNP Paribas Open de France.