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 

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.