Cape Town - South
African quad wheelchair tennis player, Neo Kgwedi, has passed away at the age of 20
after a short illness.
who hails from Burgersfort in the Fetakgomo Greater Tubatse Local Municipality
in Limpopo, passed away on Thursday after a short illness at Dr
George Mukhari Hospital in Ga-Rankuwa.
can’t believe Neo is gone so soon, I knew he had a lot to offer and we were
still expecting a lot from him. His smile lives forever young. He was great fun
and his smile was wonderful,” said Neo’s mother Zodwa Kgwedi.
took up wheelchair tennis in 2014, played in the Johan Cruyff Foundation Africa
Junior Camp at Ellis Park Tennis Stadium in 2015. His first major tournament
was the Airports Company South Africa Bloem Open, an International Tennis
Federation (ITF) Futures tournament staged in Bloemfontein in 2015 where he
lost in the round of 16.
biggest achievement was reaching the singles quarter-final round and doubles
semi-final in the Joburg Open, an ITF level 3 tournament at Ellis Park in 2015.
Tennis South Africa (WTSA) General Manager, Karen Losch, said: “Neo was such a
happy person, always making jokes during tournaments. He was an inspiration
both on and off court to anyone who had the opportunity to know him. His star
will always shine brightly in the history of WTSA.
condolences and our thoughts are with Neo’s family."
he rest in peace and remain in our memories forever,” added Losch.
will be laid to rest this weekend on Saturday at 07:00 at his home in Loboeng