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Kgothatso Montjane: South African Tennis Star Aims for Wimbledon Glory



Kgothatso Montjane

Kgothatso Montjane, one of South Africa’s esteemed wheelchair tennis players, recently shared her remarkable journey with Martin Bester. Born in Polokwane, Limpopo, with a congenital disability, Montjane underwent a significant amputation below the knee at the age of 12 as reported by Jacarandafm.

Her tennis odyssey began at 19 when she acquired the necessary equipment to play wheelchair tennis, marking the start of her inspiring career. In 2010, Montjane achieved another milestone by completing a BSC in Recreation and Leisure at the University of Venda.

Currently training at the University of Pretoria, Montjane has established herself as one of South Africa’s most accomplished athletes. Her hard work and dedication have propelled her to the top, as she holds the first position in South Africa and the fourth position in the ITF World Wheelchair Tennis rankings.

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Montjane’s triumph at the French Open further solidified her legacy, making her the first South African woman to achieve this feat since Tanya Harford and Rosalyn Fairbank’s victory in 1981. However, Montjane acknowledges the pressure that comes with competing at Wimbledon, describing it as a “very classy event” in her conversation with Martin Bester.


Playing doubles has posed its own challenges for Montjane, as she highlights the lack of practice opportunities with her doubles partner. Nevertheless, as the reigning Roland Garros women’s wheelchair doubles champion, Montjane has set her sights on a triumphant performance at Wimbledon alongside her partner, Yui Kamiji. This prestigious title is the ultimate aspiration for the South African Paralympian.

Montjane’s determination stems from a sense of unfinished business at Wimbledon. In 2018, she made history as the first black South African woman to compete at the event, and in 2021, she reached both the singles and doubles finals. Eager to build on her achievements, Montjane seeks to leave a lasting mark at Wimbledon and claim her desired coveted title.

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Kgothatso Montjane’s incredible journey inspires athletes and individuals alike, showcasing the power of resilience and passion in overcoming challenges and achieving greatness.

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