Limpopo-born tennis player Kgothatso Montjane has been praised by the Polokwane Municipality for her classy victory after winning the 2023 French Open ladies’ wheelchair title.

“KG” as Montjane is affectionately known, made history on Saturday, 17 June 2023 after she won her first-ever Grand Slam title at Roland Garros in Paris.

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South Africa’s wheelchair tennis sensation, Montjane Montjane was alongside her partner Yui Kamiji. They outclassed Diede De Groot and Jiske Griffioen with splendid 5-7, 6-1, 0–1(5) scores.

POLOKWANE MUNICIPALITY HEAPS PRAISE ON KG

Polokwane Executive Mayor, Cllr Makoro John Mpe has expressed his happiness and glorified the wonderful job done by Montjane.

“There will be no space in any sporting code that will be left unimpacted on. Be it softball, boxing, tennis, or any sporting code,” Mayor Mpe said in a statement.

Kgothatso Montjane has been praised by the Polokwane Municipality for her classy victory
Kgothatso Montjane with Pitso Mosimane and John Mpe 

“The future of Polokwane is in the hands of the youth, who are willing to work with the municipality in expanding opportunities for young people to reach for the stars.”

KGOTHATSO MONTJANE BREAKS RECORD

The victory by the Seshego-born Tennis star was not only what had to be celebrated on the past weekend. She also made history by breaking a record that was set 42 years ago.

The 37-year-old became the first South African woman to win the title since Tanya Harford and Rosalyn Fairbank did in 1981.

This was her fourth Grand Slam final in her career, having previously reached finals at the US Open before. Montjane was also the first African wheelchair tennis player to compete at Wimbledon.

By Clifton Mabasa