Wimbledon - No Fairytale Ending But South Africa's Name Held High
Three South African tennis players who come from quite diverse backgrounds, achieved so much in the space of a week at Wimbledon. Kevin Anderson ranked 5th in the world, did well to oust Roger Federer in the quarterfinals. He then had a marathon match against US player John Isner in a titanic over 6-hour battle, setting a new world record. He went on to meet Novak Djokovic in the final where he lost. Raven Klaasen and his New Zealand doubles partner Michael Venus, stormed into the final, playing U.S. partners Mike Bryan and Jack Sock to whom they were the runners-up.
Kgothatso Montjane is a wheelchair tennis player who according to journalist and photographer Cheryl Roberts, travelled alone to play her debut Wimbledon tournament and had to assemble her wheelchair alone. Voted South Africa's Sports Woman of the Year with a Disability in 2011, it was her first time playing on grass. She won her debut match at #Wimbledon2018. Montjane who is the first black African women to compete at the most prestigous home of tennis, lost her semi-final match to world champion Diede De Groot of Netherlands.
South Africa: Kevin Anderson - Game, Set and South Africa On the Map
Daily Maverick, 15 July 2018
Kevin Anderson might not have won the Wimbledon title, but his performances over the last 18 months have done a great job at raising the profile of the sport. Read more »
Kevin Anderson, Raven Klaasen and New Zealand doubles partner Michael Venus, Kgothatso Montjane
The odds may have been stacked against South Africa's Kevin Anderson yesterday. He was playing his first Wimbledon quarter-final against Roger Federer who won the tournament a ... Read more »