Desmond Monyamane has confidence in
Lucas Sithole is using the tournament as
part of his preparations for the 2012
Paralympics.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)
• Nqobi Ngcobo
WTSA communications partner
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The country will be represented at the international tournament, which runs from 3 to 9 May, by a team of nine players, who will compete in all four divisions: men, women, quad and juniors.
About 300 of the “most talented” players from 33 countries will play in the 26th World Team Cup, according to Wheelchair Tennis South Africa (WTSA). The tournament is generally known as the Davis Cup of wheelchair tennis. All participants are missing – or cannot use – one or more of their limbs.
The country’s top-ranked Sydwell Mathonsi, from
“We’re looking at improving
Monyamane started playing tennis in Limpopo in 2006, at the
Kgothatso Montjane, who’s currently number-one in
Montjane is hoping to help her team improve on last year’s performance, which saw them reach the quarter-finals. “We’re playing top players … but we’re well prepared for a win,” she said.
Montjane will team up with Rose van der Meer, with whom she played in last year’s World Cup, and Refilwe Mooketsi, a first-time participant who WTSA describes as a “strong and fast competitor”.
“We’re a stronger women’s team, Van der Meer said. “We are a good team, with a positive attitude.”
Preparing for 2012 Paralympics
The quad team comprises Lucas Sithole, number-one in the South African rankings and 16th in the world, and Steven Kekai, 33rd in the world rankings. There’s a massive focus on these two stars “to see how they fare against the top seven quad nations in the world”, WTSA said.
Sithole said he’s using the week-long tournament to help prepare for the 2012 Paralympics in
Patrick Selepe, from Soshanguve in