Cape Town- Despite the surprise
early exit of twentieth seed Kevin Anderson in round 1 on Monday at the
Wimbledon Championships, the South African flag is still flying high above the
All England Club in London.
of Cape Town will partner with American Rajeev Ram in the doubles and seeded 11
the African/American duo are expecting to do well especially after winning the
warm up grass tournament in Halle two weeks ago.
not just the players who have been flying the rainbow nations flag at the third
Grand Slam of the year.
South Africa (TSA) officials are doing duty at the Championships namely Iain
Smith, Pieter Hoeksma, George Phiri, Patrick Selepe and Suzette Hattingh, all
Smith is the
Hawk Eye Review Official of the Championships and Hoeksma was a Line Umpire at
both the qualifying and main draw.
and Hattingh were Line Umpires during the qualifying tournament and Phiri and
Selepe will be chair umpires during the Junior Championships next week.
Hattingh and Selepe’s first trip to officiate at Wimbledon. Selepe is amongst
the first officials to officiate at the Championships whose from a disability
background. He obtained his ITF White Badge Chair Umpire certification in Cape
Town last year November, becoming South Africa’s first disabled official.
“I am so
honoured to have been selected to work at Wimbledon” said Selepe. “This is the
tournament of all tournaments and for an official to take to the grass courts
and work the lines and umpire is really a dream come true.”