Arthur Ashe to host Wheelchair Tennis League

Over 12 players from various regions in Gauteng will assemble at Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre in Soweto on Sunday, March 18 for a one-day Performance League geared towards continuing the culture of competitiveness within the Province.

The event is aimed at improving and increasing the level of play and knowledge of the most promising and upcoming tennis stars and to ensure entry into the possible upcoming major tournaments in the near future.

The league, sponsored by the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, will serve a vital role in aligning the organization’s programme structures to ensure continuity from provincial level to the national structures.

Jabavu residents are to get the opportunity to witness top class wheelchair tennis action on their doorstep as some of the best local junior players will be battling it out at Arthur Ashe – with free access for all spectators.

Some of the Province’s best talent will be in the mix for honours at the event, including South African number 1 and world 4 junior (Boys) Alwande Skhosana and Mohlakeng’s promising star Mpho Mhlongo – both of whom viewers around the world enjoyed watching at the Junior Masters in Tarbes, France earlier this year.

Some of the notable players include South African number 2 quad ace Ronewa Mudzanani, 2013 SA Sports Awards Best Newcomer of the Year Thato Tsomole and world number 4 junior (Girls) Asive Gilifile.

Wheelchair Tennis South Africa (WTSA)’s Development Managers Patrick Selepe and Archie Lemeko will manage the performance league, while the regional tennis coaches will also be hands-on on the day.

“This is going to be another exciting event and a great opportunity for players within Gauteng to go head-to-head against each other. We have realized that one of the major contributing factors to our players’ success at the National level is more competition and training time within the regions and provincial level, this also gives coaches an opportunity to work together,” said Selepe.