Top ranked SA players
Some of South Africa's most well known players include:
Lucas Sithole: Two-time Grand Slam champion, South African star Lucas Sithole is currently the country's no.1 and no.7 in the world. Sithole is the 1st South African and African to win the US Open Grand Slam title in Sept. 2013, won the Australian Open doubles title in Jan. 2016 and is working towards his goal of being world no.1.
Evans Maripa: South Africa's no.1 player in the men's division and former world number 11 Maripa was named 2017 Sportsman of the year with a disability at Gauteng Sports Awards.
Kgothatso Montjane: Montjane is currently the country's no.1 & ranked no.5 globally. SA Sportswoman of the year with disability 2011, 2012, 2013; Gauteng Sportswoman of the year with disability 2013, 2014, 2015 and Spar G-sports Sportswoman of the year with disability 2013, 2016, 2017. First female African wheelchair tennis player to take part in the Wimbledon Grand Slam in 2018 and reached the US Open Grand slam singles semi-final in 2018.
Mariska Venter: Mariska Venter is the country’s number 2 women’s player and former world number 1 junior. Venter represented South Africa at the BNP World Team Cup in 2012, 2013, 2015 and was part of the team which made history becoming the first team from Africa to reach the semi-final round in the 2019 BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Israel. Venter won the Cruyff Foundation girls junior Masters in January 2014.
Leon Els: Leon Els is South Africa’s current number 2 men’s player. The North West native represented the country in the 2016 Paralympics in Brazil and has done country duty in the BNP Paribas World Team Cup in 2013, 2015 and 2019.
Alwande Sikhosana: Alwande Sikhosana has been playing wheelchair tennis since 2011 and is already a champion in his own right. Marked as one of South Africa’s most promising young players, Sikhosana is the former world number 2 junior and played in his first BNP Paribas World Team Cup in 2019 at the age of 19.
Donald Ramphadi: South African rising wheelchair tennis star, Donald Ramphadi, was classified in 2018 as a quad, and since his classification he participated in the BNP Paribas World Team Cup at Apeldoorn, Netherlands where he impressed defeating some of the world’s top players including Japanese world number 17 Shota Kawano and world number 5 Heath Davidson from Australian. Known as a giant killer, Ramphadi was part of the team that clinch a bronze medal at the World Team Cup in Israel.