MONTJANE, SITHOLE OPTIMISTIC AHEAD OF UNITED STATES TOUR
South Africa's top women's wheelchair tennis star, Kgothatso ‘KG’ Montjane, and the country’s leading quad ace, Lucas Sithole, will jet off to the United States this Sunday to take part in two important International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournaments.
The first stop for the two aces will be in Rome at the Georgia Open, the tournament which will serve as a preparatory event ahead of the higher-level Cajun Classic tournament to be staged in Baton Rouge.
The world’s best wheelchair tennis players are due to line-up for the forthcoming top-flight tournaments, with the first event being an ITF level 1 and the second, an ITF Super Series tournament. Both events are sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and form part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour. They will take place back-to-back from March 14-18 and March 20-25, 2018 respectively.
The first tournament, is one of the 13 grade-one events played internationally during the year and will be staged at Rome Tennis Centre, while the Cajun Classic, which is one of only six Super series events taking place globally during the year will be contested at Baton Rouge in the United States.
Montjane, the world number 6 from Seshego in Limpopo, is positive, upbeat and looking forward to competing in these events. "I have been working real hard on my game, I am very confident going to America and I look to the challenge,” commented Montjane.
The world number 4 quad ace Lucas Sithole this year has his sights set on improving his world ranking and will be hoping for a podium finish at the two events, “My goal this year is to work hard and improve my world ranking. I enjoyed a great four weeks of hard practice and feel confident going to the US.”
“We expect a good performance from the two players”, stated Karen Losch, Manager at Wheelchair Tennis South Africa (WTSA). “The players have rested and prepared well and are aware of the significance of the events.” Losch added, “Go KG and Twister! We are confident you will rise to the challenge.”