London Paralympian Kgothatso Montjane has made history by becoming the first wheelchair tennis player from Africa to qualify for the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters and Invacare Double Masters international tournaments.
The 26-year-old from Limpopo, whose performances in London were hampered by a stomach muscle injury, will play in Mechelen, Belgium in the NEC tournament starting Wednesday and then move on to the Netherlands tournament starting next week.
She’s only been playing tennis since she was 20 years old and is now ranked 10th in the international women’s division. London was her second Paralympics and she has already won an impressive 29 singles titles.
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 calibre, but it is the best of the best competing in a round robin format.
The bubbly KG, as she is fondly called, recently achieved yet another first when the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) last week nominated her for the October IPC athlete of the month award together with four other athletes around the globe. This award is determined by public support and voting closes on Friday at noon. Voting can be done on the official Paralympic website: www.paralympic.org.
WTSA’s Director and Coach Holger Losch said: ÔÇ£We are extremely proud of KG and wish her all the best at the upcoming Masters events. KG 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.ÔÇØ
Participation by our South African players in local and international tournaments is made possible by a generous sponsorship from Airports Company South Africa, the official sponsor of the sport.