Wheelchair Tennis South Africa has named three strong teams to represent the country in the prestigious 2015 BNP Paribas World Team Cup, the International Tennis Federation (ITF)’s flagship wheelchair tennis team event to be staged at Club Ali Bey Manavgat, Antalya, Turkey from 25-31 May. Both of the country’s men’s and women’s teams qualified for the event after a triumphant display at the BNP Paribas African Qualifying event in Kenya early this year. Over 100 teams will take part in this year’s competition.
Teams will tussle the men’s World Group (12 nations), men’s World Group 2 (12 nations), women’s World Group (12 nations), quad event (8 teams) and junior event (8 teams). The teams will include world number10 women’s player Kgothatso Montjane, the country’s top men’s player Evans Maripa, Leon Els, Mariska Venter and Bongani Dlamini who will take part in the Israel Open, the ITF 2 series event at Ramat Hasharon, Israel from 18 – 22 May before they head to Turkey. South African wheelchair tennis ace Lucas Sithole who is currently defending his title at the Japan Open will be one of the players to take part in the event.
Wheelchair Tennis South Africa General Manager, Karen Losch said the players are well prepared for Turkey: ‘We have selected our strongest team again this year and we are confident that they will do the country proud. With the continued support from the Airports Company South Africa the players have been given an opportunity to participate in the Israel Open which serve as a preparatory tournament ahead of the World Team Cup.’
The teams are as follows:
Men’s World Group II
Women’s World Group
Lucas Sithole (pictured)
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