Tennis trailblazer gets R1,5m

South Africa’s highest ranked wheelchair tennis women’s ace, Kgothatso Montjane, has attracted various sponsors offering just under R1,5 million in total funding for the next year to help her get to the top of the world tennis rankings.

The Limpopo-born star wrote her name in the history books last month, becoming the first black African woman to play at Wimbledon.

South Africa’s world number six wheelchair tennis ace, Kgothatso Montjane.

The 32-year-old has earned praises and admiration for her fighting spirit at the grass tournament, dismantling former world number six, Katharina Kruger, from Germany before her brave run ended in the semi-finals.

The financial boost followed after Montjane travelled without a coach to London, UK but against all odds gave her semi-finals match her all before succumbing 6-1 7-5 to Dutch world number one, Diede de Groot. Her historical run in the tournament was not in vain as it improved her world ranking to sixth.

On her return home from London, South African corporate companies and government opened their hearts to support the talented trailblazer.

Contributions streamed in ranging from R10 000 to R150 000 with the support of over 10 sponsors contributing to an overwhelming total of R1,5 million.

Sponsors:

• Makole Group.

• WDB Investment Holdings.

• Aspen Pharmaceuticals.

• Lotto Sport.

• Banareng office supplies.

• Casaletti Inc Attorneys.

• HPC Centre / Tuks University.

• Audi & Volkswagen Polokwane.

• A Travel Agent, which does not want to be named.

• Ottobock – Prosthetic leg.

The funds, raised by Montjane with support from Optimize Agency, will go towards covering her flights, accommodation, entry fees, ground transport and meals for the remainder of 2018 and 2019.

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