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SA’s Unsung Superwoman of Wheelchair Tennis Recognized

Tuesday, 06 December 2016, Johannesburg, South Africa. – Wheelchair Tennis South Africa commends the federation’s General Manager, Karen Losch who was hugely honoured in Managung when crowned the Administrator of the year at the 11th SA Sports Awards Ceremony held on Sunday, 27 November at the Sand du Plessis Theatre in Bloemfontein. This prestigious award recognizes the major contribution that Losch has made to the long-term success of the association; in which she has played a vital role. Unknown to many, but Losch has been…

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Wheelchair Tennis Star Dies of Meningitis Age 20

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, Paulpietersburg, Kwazulu-Natal. – Thando Hlatshwayo, South African former world number 2 junior, has passed away at the age of 20. Hlatswayo, who hails from Paulpietersburg in Kwazulu-Natal, lost her battle against Meningitis early Tuesday morning after a very short illness, her family confirmed. Hlatswayo took up wheelchair tennis in 2009, played her first tournament in April 2010 in East London and just 2 years in the sport she represented the country in the ITF Junior Camp Mechelen in Belgium. The 20-year-old…

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Day 2 Results of the Bloem Open

Monday, 03 October 2016, Bloemfontein, South Africa. – Results of the Airports Company South Africa Bloem Open, an International Tennis Federation (ITF) Futures tournament part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour being played at the Oud Studente Tennis Club in Bloemfontein on Monday. RSA unless stated Singles Quarter-final round Men 1-Leon Els bt Mpho Mhlongo 6-1 6-1 2-Marshall Marsh bt Gift Lekhanyane 6-1 6-1 3-Alwande Skhosana bt 8-Luwie Mabelane 6-3 6-0 4-Donald Ramphadi bt 6-Mayenzeke Gwija 6-2 6-2 Women 1-Mariska Venter bt 5-Lethato Shai 6-0…

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Maripa named Limpopo’s sportsman of the year with disability

South Africa’s leading men’s wheelchair tennis ace Evans Maripa was named Sportsman of the Year with a Disability for the first time at the Limpopo Sports and Recreation awards revealed at Protea Hotel Ranch Resort on Saturday evening. The 26-year-old who recently represented South Africa in his second Paralympic Games in Brazil came out ahead of Lebogang Mogale (Intellectually impaired) and Alex Taylor (Intellectually impaired). Maripa reached the men’s singles second round at the Rio Paralympic Games last week after he lost a grueling match…

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Sithole misses out on bronze at Paralympics

Thursday, 15 September 2016, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. – South Africa’s Lucas Sithole, ranked three in the world, missed out on a bronze medal as he went down 1-6 6-2 7-5 to the American six-time Paralympic medalist David Wagner in a grueling one hour and 50 minutes at Olympic Tennis Centre in Brazil on Wednesday evening. Sithole had started well and made quick work to take the first set 6-1, however, suffered a reverse in the second set, dropping it 2-6. In the deciding set, Sithole took…

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DRAW ANNOUNCED FOR RIO PARALYMPIC WHEELCHAIR TENNIS EVENT

The draw for the Rio 2016 Paralympic wheelchair tennis took place in the Centre Court Complex at the Olympic Tennis Centre in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, September, 8 with 100 players from 29 nations on hand to witness the line-up for the opening round unfold. South African world number three and two-time Grand Slam Champion Lucas Sithole is seeded number three in the quads singles event and has been drawn to face Shota Kawano from Japan in the first round and should meet Australian…

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Wheelchair Tennis Dominates #GSA16 Nominees List

With over 50 nominations, Wheelchair Tennis South Africa (WTSA) are holding their own in this year’s Gauteng Sports Awards nominees list announced at Emoyeni Estate in Parktown last night, while the actual awards ceremony will be held at Silverstar Casino on Sunday, 02 October. South African top junior and world number one Nokwanda Hlongwane who recently scooped two awards at the Spar Gsport Awards last week dominated the list with two nominations: Most promising player/athlete and School sport athlete of the year. World number three…

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Wheelchair Tennis SA Scoops Big at GSport Awards

It was the night of glitz and glamour when the hard working, dedicated and record-breaking efforts of women in the country in various sporting codes were recognized on the 11th annual SPAR gsport awards on Saturday at The Venue in Melrose Arch. The federation that never sleeps, Wheelchair Tennis South Africa, which has grown tremendously since its inception in 2005 was hugely recognized and named the country’s National Federation of the Year, with top junior Nokwanda Hlongwane clinching two awards and Paralympian Kg Montjane named…

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Mzansi’s Wheelchair Tennis Aces Gunning For Paralympic Glory

Wheelchair Tennis South Africa (WTSA) held an official “farewell ceremony” at the University of Johannesburg Tennis Courts in Westdene, Johannesburg for the country’s four wheelchair tennis team who are bound for the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. First time qualifier Leon Els is primed for the challenge and will join three-time Paralympian wheelchair tennis ace Kgothatso ‘KG’ Montjane, two-time Grand slam champion Lucas Sithole and London 2012 Paralympian Evans Maripa in Mzansi’s wheelchair tennis team for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games which forms part…

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Sithole Wins Second Swiss Open Doubles Title

The country’s top wheelchair tennis quad ace Lucas Sithole added another title to his accolades when he clinched his second doubles title in Geneva, Switzerland on Friday. The second time Paralympic Games qualifier put an icing on the cake with another magnificent Swiss Open campaign teaming up with Heath Davidson from Australia for a second doubles crown. The duo defeated American pair Bryan Barten and former world number one David Wagner 1-6 6-4 [10-3]. The Swiss Open, an International Tennis Federation (ITF) level 1 event…

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Mariska Venter Seeks Revenge in Soweto Open Final

A few days ago at the Polokwane Open, top seed Mariska Venter was stunned in the semi-final round by 15-year-old Nalani Buob from Switzerland who celebrated her second International Tennis Federation (ITF) Futures tournament title in Polokwane when she saw off Thando Hlatswayo in the women’s final. Venter moved one victory closer to her first Soweto Open title by getting past top junior Nokwanda Hlongwane 6-2 6-1 in the semi-finals on Saturday at Arthur Ashe Tennis Center in Jabavu, Soweto. The former junior world number…

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Day 2 Results of the Soweto Open

Friday, 01 July 2016, Johannesburg, South Africa. – Results of the Airports Company South Africa Soweto Open, an International Tennis Federation (ITF) Futures tournament part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour being played at Arthur Ashe Tennis Center in Jabavu, Soweto on Friday. RSA unless stated Quarter-final round Singles Men 1-Leon Els bt 7-Ishmael Tshipuke 6-1 6-0 2-Mzwanele Thentsi bt 8-Mayenzeke Gwija 6-3 6-2 4-Marshall Marsh bt 5-Donald Ramphadi 6-2 7-5 6-Thato Tsomole bt 3-Alwande Skhosana 0-6 7-6(5) 6-0   Women 1-Mariska Venter bt 5-Mabel…

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Else, Venter and Hlatswayo face tough road to Soweto Open FInal

Friday, 01 July 2016, Johannesburg, South Africa. – Leon Els, Mariska Venter and Thando Hlatswayo produced a polished performance on Friday to advance to the semi-final round of the Soweto Open at Arthur Ashe Tennis Center but awaits tough tests in Saturday’s semi-final round of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Futures event. The three must first vanquish their formidable opponents to reach finals of the Airports Company South Africa sponsored event. The men’s top seed Els, continued his winning streak with a 6-1 6-0 win…

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Wheelchair Tennis: Day 1 Results of the Soweto Open

Thursday, 30 June 2016, Johannesburg, South Africa. – Results of the Airports Company South Africa Soweto Open, an International Tennis Federation (ITF) Futures tournament part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour being played at Arthur Ashe Tennis Center in Jabavu, Soweto on Thursday. RSA unless stated First round Singles Men 1-Leon Els bt Alfred Gaje 6-0 6-0 2-Mzwanele Thentsi bt Gift Lekhanyane 7-6(8) 6-1 3-Alwande Skhosana bt Sean De Hilster 6-0 6-0 4-Marshall Marsh bt Luwie Mabelane 6-3 6-0 5-Donald Ramphadi bt Benito Vuma 6-0…

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Final Results of the Polokwane Open

Results of the Airports Company South Africa Polokwane Open, an International Tennis Federation (ITF) Futures tournament part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour being played at Polokwane Tennis Club in Polokwane on Tuesday. RSA unless stated Final round Singles Men 1-Leon Els bt 4-Marshall Marsh 5-7 6-1 6-2   Women 3-Nalani Buob (SUI) bt 2-Thando Hlatshwayo 6-3 7-5   Quads 2-Danny Mohlamonyane bt 1-Bongani Dlamini 6-2 4-6 6-4   Boys 1-Alwande Skhosana bt 2-Ian Snyman 6-1 6-0   Girls 1-Nalani Buob (SUI) bt Nosipho Hlatswayo…

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Wheelchair Tennis: Day 2 Results of the Polokwane Open

Results of the Airports Company South Africa Polokwane Open, an International Tennis Federation (ITF) Futures tournament part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour being played at Polokwane Tennis Club in Polokwane on Sunday. RSA unless stated Quarter-final round Singles Men 1-Leon Els bt 8-Mayenzeke Gwija 6-2 6-1 2-Mzwanele Thentsi bt Sean De Hilster 6-2 6-0 3-Alwande Skhosana bt 6-Thato Tsomole 6-2 6-3 4-Marshall Marsh bt 5-Donald Ramphadi 0-6 6-2 7-5   Women 1-Mariska Venter bt 5-Nonkanyiso Nyosi 6-1 6-0 2-Thando Hlatshwayo bt 6-Lethabo Shai 6-0…

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Four SA Wheelchair Tennis Stars Qualify for Rio

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) on Friday announced the full list of singles entries for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Tennis Event at the Olympic Tennis Centre in Barra Olympic Park on 9-16 September. Among the stars who qualified are four South African aces, two-time Grand Slam champion Lucas Sithole, the country’s top women’s player Kgothatso Montjane, the world number nineteen Evans Maripa and first time qualifier Leon Els. Qualification for the Games was no mean feat. To qualify for the open section of the Games,…

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Sithole Upbeat ahead of the Japan Open

The ever-positive South African world number three quad ace Lucas Sithole is positive he can end the Paralympic qualification period on a high note as he prepares to depart for the Japan Open, an International Tennis Federation (ITF) Super Series tournament to be staged in Lizuka from 17-22 May 2016. “The super series tournaments are very important and count a lot especially in a Paralympic year, this is one of the tournaments which will prepare me very well ahead of Rio with the chance to…

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Alcott stuns Sithole to set up SA double

JOHANNESBURG, Friday, 08 April 2016. – World number one Dylan Alcott will be chasing double glory in South Africa after he stunned local favourite Lucas Sithole in the quads semi-final of the SA Open at Ellis Park Tennis Stadium in Johannesburg on Friday. The Australian celebrated success in his first visit to the country when he defeated American David Wagner in the Gauteng Open last Sunday. Alcott overpowered world number three Sithole to win in straight sets 6-0 6-2 and was stoked to face world…

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Montjane Out, Sithole advances at SA Open

JOHANNESBURG, Thursday, 07 April 2016. – South Africa’s Lucas Sithole remains on course in his title defence, but compatriot Kgothatso ‘KG’ Montjane was among the casualties as several seeds fell on quarter-final day in the SA Open at Ellis Park Tennis Stadium in Johannesburg. Sithole set a date with world number one Dylan Alcott from Australia in the semi-finals, but he needed three sets to see off sixth seed Jamie Burdekin from Britain on Thursday. The world number three won the first set rather comfortably,…

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Griffioen running for Gauteng Open Glory

Jiske Griffioen laid the perfect foundation for her SA Open title defence with an excellent run in the Gauteng Open and the world number one aims to finish the week in style at the Gauteng East Tennis Complex in Benoni. The Dutch top seed disposed of compatriot Aniek van Koot in the semi-finals to book a date with Yui Kamiji in Sunday’s final round. Defeating the world number two from Japan in the Level 1 International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournament will not only deliver a…

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Little Alfie comes of age at Gauteng Open

World number one Stephane Houdet dispatched defending champion Joachim Gerard in the men’s singles semi-finals to give himself a stab at a third Gauteng Open title, but the Frenchman’s feat was overshadowed by the adventures of unheralded Alfie Hewett at the Gauteng East Tennis Complex on Saturday. World number one Quads player Dylan Alcott broke out with a series of ‘whoop-whoops’ as the 18-year-old from Norfolk rolled into the clubhouse to rowdy applause. And not without reason. Hewett’s rivals were in awestruck by Hewett’s journey…

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Sithole Primes for payback at Gauteng Open

BENONI, Friday, 01 April 2016. – World number two David Wagner is the odds-on favourite in the Gauteng Open quads singles semi-final clash against South African tennis ace Lucas Sithole and the statistics definitely favour the three-time defending champion at the Gauteng East Tennis Complex in Benoni on Saturday. In 28 head-to-head contests, the American has taken a staggering 20 victories, including five wins from seven tussles last year. But wheelchair tennis is played on court, not on paper. Wagner may have beaten the KwaZulu-Natal…

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Star-studded line up for South African wheelchair tennis tournaments

Monday, 28 March 2016, Johannesburg, South Africa. – More than 120 players from 21 countries are due to line-up for South Africa’s first two tournaments of the year. The first event is an International Tennis Federation (ITF) level 1 event 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 30 March to 3 April and 5 to 9 April 2016 respectively.…

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Five South African players take wheelchair tennis challenge abroad

Tuesday, 08 March 2016, Johannesburg, South Africa. – South Africa’s top ranked wheelchair tennis players, Kgothatso Montjane will take part in the two-week US tournaments; Danny Mohlamonyane and Bongani Dlamini will compete in Israel; and Mariska Venter, Leon Els will battle it out in the two-week European tour this week – an opportunity made possible by the game sponsor, Airports Company South Africa. The country’s top women ranked ace Montjane have made tremendous inroads maintaining her ITF wheelchair tennis ranking. Montjane will take part in…

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