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MARIPA CHASING TOP 7 SPOT IN WORLD RANKINGS

South African men’s highest ranked wheelchair tennis ace Evans Maripa has set his sights on cracking the world's top 7 by the end of the year.

The ambitious, strong-hitting Maripa who hails from Lonsdale in Polokwane stated the goal ahead of his four-week tour in Asia this month.

The world number 12 will jet-off this Friday to Korea Republic and will begin his tour at the Daegu Open, an International Tennis Federation (ITF) level 1 event from April 10-14 in Dal-Seo Gu Daegu City.

The 27-year-old Maripa will be taking part in the ITF 1 event for the first time since 2015 where he impressed reaching the men’s finals after losing a hard-fought match against Tom Egberink from the Netherlands.

Maripa will then move on to the Busan Open, an ITF level 2 tournament also in Korea Republic from April 16-19 where he reached the men’s singles semi-final round in 2016.

The 2017 Joburg Open champion will then head to Israel for two back-to-back tournaments, the Israel Open and Be'er Sheba Open to be staged from April 23-27 and April 30 – May 4 respectively.

"Definitely love to be in the top 7 globally," he commented.

“The focus now is to gather all needed points to break into the top 10 and hopefully in the top 7 by the end of this year.

“I plan to stage my A-game in these four tournaments, and I am confident I will do well looking at how I am playing at the moment,” said Maripa.

Icexpress Jumping Kids ambassador Maripa said he is all set for the forthcoming tournaments following a four-week of hard work on court, “We have been working on new tactics with my coach, Holger Losch for the past four weeks and I look forward to putting them into action in Asia.”

Maripa will be the only player representing South Africa at these four prestigious tournaments.