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MARIPA, Evans South Africa Team South Africa

“"Tennis is a great game to play, and it makes you want to try harder and harder"”

“"My inspiration, Kgothatso Montjane, continued to encourage me to start playing wheelchair tennis. She taught me that nothing is impossible, all you have to do is try"”

“"With the love I have for the game and constant encouragement from friends, coaches and managers, I see myself as part of a winning team with Wheelchair Tennis South Africa"”

“Of Evans, director and performance coach of Wheelchair Tennis South Africa, Holger Losch said:”

“"Even though Evans is still young, he has shown great potential and has already proved himself on the national tennis circuit. We are sure to see great things from this young talented player"”

ITF Player statistics
 SA ranking [Singles] World rankingPointsMovement
Singles27 12 1456.00 0
Doubles30 10 2048.00 +2

For further player statistics, see Evans’s profile on the ITF website.


Birth date: 29 July 1990

Resides: Lonsdale, Polokwane with his parents and two sisters

Greatest strengths: Strong and focused competitor with a powerful forehand

Plays: Right handed

Hobbies: Reading

Special diet: None

Training schedule: We train 5 to 6 days a week, both on and off the court

Tennis aspirations: Become number one 1 in South Africa and top 10 internationally

Paralympics 2012 : It was an unbelievable experience that taught me so much and I look forward to the Paralympics 2016. I believe I can be a medal contender.

Full name: Evans (Eliphas) Maripa
Age: 23 years old
Division: Men's division
National Ranking: Currently number 1 in South Africa men's division
International Ranking: Ranked 15th in the world in the Men's Division
Most significant win: Gold medallist at the 2009 Para Youth Games in Tokyo
Most significant achievement: Qualifying for the London 2012 Paralympics
Disability: Congenial birth defect - double amputee below the knees
Birth date: 29 July 1990
Home: Lonsdale, Polokwane
Greatest strengths: Strong and focused competitor with a powerful forehand
Plays: Right handed
Hobbies: Reading
Special diet: None
Tennis aspirations: To be in the top 10 internationally
Coach: Holger Losch

At just 23 years old, South Africa's number 1 ranked men's wheelchair tennis player, Evans Maripa, is showing all the signs of a champion in the making. Inspired by South Africa's number one women's player, Kgothatso Montjane, Evans took up wheelchair tennis in 2007 and after only two years at the game, he won Gold at the Asia Pacific Youth Para Games in Tokyo proving himself a worthy contender at a professional level. This amazing feat has ignited a new dream in the young star: to play professional wheelchair tennis whatever it takes. In the short-term Evans has to put his plans and dreams aside for the young talented tennis prodigy is working hard to complete his schooling.

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