Cape Town - South
African wheelchair tennis quad players Bongani Dlamini and Danny Mohlamonyane
secured their first major international doubles title of the season at the
Be'er Sheba Open in Israel on Friday.
International Tennis Federation (ITF) level 3 event which forms part of the
UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis tour saw the South African pair demolish Haim Lev and
Alexander Izrailov both from Israel in straight sets 6-4 6-2 to record their
first doubles title of the year when the tournament ended last week.
Dlamini and Mohlamonyane finished in the semi-final round in the quads singles
tournament but the 34-year-old Dlamini said this was their great performance.
“We have been training very hard with Danny and we both told ourselves that we
have to bring something back home. This was definitely one of our best
performances as a team and also finishing in the semi-final round in the
singles”, said Dlamini.
two now return home for the forthcoming top-flight international tournaments
where they will be playing in the quads singles and doubles. The events which
will see the world’s top wheelchair tennis players battle it out for world
ranking points ahead of the Paralympic cut off in May will once again be the
talk of the town for the tennis fraternity.
Airports Company South Africa Open, an ITF level 1 event to be staged in Benoni
from 30 March – 3 April and followed by the Airports Company South Africa SA
Open, an ITF Super Series event which will be played at the “Grand Old Lady” of
tennis, Ellis Park in Johannesburg from 5 - 9 April. There are only six Super
Series events on the calendar globally; the other five are staged in Australia,
Japan, France, Britain and the USA.