SUPER SUCCESS FOR WHEELCHAIR TENNIS STARS AT SOWETO LEAGUE
South Africa’s promising wheelchair tennis stars impressed at the Gauteng Performance League played on Sunday at Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre in Soweto.
The league, sponsored by the Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation saw three teams of four players each staging nail-biting action battling it out for points in Jabavu.
The Warriors team, consisting of top junior Alwande Skhosana, Mpho Mhlongo, Asive Gilifile and Sean de Hilster staged a sterling performance to secure the Provincial League title with Skhosana, Mhlongo and De Hilster unbeaten in all their respective matches.
“This is a helluva team‚” said Performance League Director Patrick Selepe while glancing at the celebrating Warriors.
“This is one of the great teams we have and the future of wheelchair tennis‚” Selepe said.
The Warriors dominated the league stages of the competition before powering past the A Game team and the Fearsome Foursome scoring 89 points to win Gold in Jabavu.
"If you have players like Mpho Mhlongo and you have the experience of the country’s top junior Alwande Skhosana‚ then a promising women’s player Asive Gilifile who has been playing some great tennis the past few years‚ you are going to have success.
“We will continue to have more of these leagues to grow the culture of competitiveness within Provinces and improve the level of play,” added Selepe.
Other notable players who impressed on Sunday include the country’s number 2 quad ace Ronewa Mudzanani who also went unbeaten in all three singles matches.
“Impressive performance from Ronewa who has improved a lot and shone throughout the competition. It was impressive watching him hitting those aces and just what pressure he can impose on the opposition,” Selepe commented.
The 21-year-old Mudzanani was a great boost to his team of Thato Tsomole, Gift Lekhanyane and Tiisetso Motaung (The A Game team) who finished in the second position with 84 points behind the Warriors.
The Fearsome Foursome team of Ian Snyman, Donald Ramphadi, Nokwanda Hlongwane and Vuyisani Mantshula finished in third place with 70 points.
“The League was a great success, the competition was exciting and the challenge now for regional coaches is to lift the bar even higher,” commented Wheelchair Tennis South Africa (WTSA) Manager Karen Losch.
“All our players train immensely hard throughout the season and still manage to fit their studies in, so I’m delighted their dedication and sacrifice is paying off. The level of competition is impressive,” added Losch.