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ELS, Leon South Africa Team South Africa

ITF Player statistics
 SA ranking [Singles] World rankingPointsMovement
Singles26 55 326.00 +1
Doubles29 59 466.00 -1

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


Born: 19 February 1988

Resides: Potchefstroom, NW Province

Greatest strength: Forehand

Plays: Right handed

Hobbies: Hunting

Special diet: Protein rich diet

Training schedule: Five times a week

Tennis aspirations: Number one in SA and top twenty in the world and to represent my country at the Paralympics.

Leon Els has been playing wheelchair tennis since December 2008 and is already a champion in his own right. Marked as one of Wheelchair Tennis South Africa's most promising young players, Leon is undeniably a born athlete. Prior to his car accident at 18 years old, Leon represented his province across five different sports, as well as representing South Africa nationally in rugby.

Leon completed his law degree; LLB in 2011 after which he completed 1 year of Law School in 2011/2012 leaving 1 year of articles left before he can practice as a Professional Attorney. Leon is best described as ambitious and determined. Driven by competition, Leon wants to excel and be an example to others who have sustained a disabling injury. His dream is to encourage others to join him on his quest to compete in the Paralympics – an honour bestowed on very few.

On-court history:

Leon reached the last 16 in the Border Open, 2009Leon reached the quarter finals of the South African Open, 2009 Leon reached the quarter finals of the Mafikeng Open, 2009Leon reached the finals of the Pretoria Open, 2009Reached the Semi-finals doubles at the Mpumulanga Open June 2010Won the Pretoria Open April 2011Reached the semi-finals doubles at the Polokwane Open July 2011

Played in the doubles final at the Soweto Open Oct 2011

Reached the singles semi-final at the Soweto Open Oct 2011

Reached the doubles finals at the Jhb Open Dec 2011

Reached the semi-finals at the Soweto Open July 2012

Won the doubles title with P Selepe at the Strand Open Oct 2012

Reached the singles finals at the Strand Open Oct 2012

Reached the ACSA Eastern Cape Open Dec 2012 singles semi finals and won the doubles title partnering with Evans Maripa

Reached the doubles semi finals at the Queensland Open, Australia, Jan 2013 partnering with E Maripa (RSA)

Reached the doubles semi finals at the ITF Be Active Adelaide Wheelchair Open Jan 2013 in Australia partnering with E Maripa.

At the APIA Sydney International Wheelchair Open Els and Maripa reached the doubles quarter finals in Jan 2013.

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