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Limpopo-born wheelchair tennis stars Kgothatso ‘KG’ Montjane and Donald Ramphadi made history on Saturday after they won their first-ever Grand Slam titles at Roland Garros.

The pair became the first South Africans both able-bodied and wheelchair, to win the title since Johan Kriek in 1981.

Ramphadi, who hails from Tzaneen, and his doubles partner Andy Lapthorne defeated Heath Davidson and Robert Shaw to claim the Quad Wheelchair Doubles title 1-6, 6-2, 10-3.

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Ramphadi is currently South Africa’s leading wheelchair tennis quad player. He won the wheelchair quad singles title at the Belgian Open in 2022. The same year he also made his Wimbledon debut.

Limpopo-born wheelchair tennis stars Kgothatso Montjane and Donald Ramphadi won their first-ever Roland Garros
Donald Ramphadi

KGOTHATSO MONTJANE AND DONALD RAMPHADI MAKE HISTORY AT ROLAND GARROS

Montjane on the other hand claimed her Grand Slam champion title alongside her partner Yui Kamiji. They beat De Groot and Maria Moreno with an impressive 6-3, 6-2 victory.

The Seshego-born was the first African wheelchair tennis player to compete at Wimbledon. She was handed a wild card for the Wimbledon Grand Slam tournament in London in 2018.

In 2012, she also made Wimbledon history by being the first black South African woman to reach the final while reaching the doubles final as well.

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