The Limpopo-born sportswoman will play her first match at Wimbledon today and will be making history as the first black South African woman to play at this tennis tournament.
She will face German Katharina Kruger in the quarter-finals. Montjane is South Africa’s highest-ranked women’s wheelchair tennis player and will join 15 of the world’s top players in the competition.
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In an interview with CNA, the 32-year-old said she “couldn’t wait for the experience”.
“This is unbelievable. I am honoured to be awarded the wildcard and join the star-studded line-up of the world’s best players at Wimbledon. This is a dream come true — I always wanted to play on grass, and I cannot wait for the experience,” she told the news broadcasting channel after the announcement last month.
Her highest ranking was number 5 in the world, achieved back in 2005. She has been named South Africa’s Disabled Sportswoman of the Year several times.
Montjane was a member of the South African team at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Summer Paralympics.
Congratulations to Kevin Anderson for reaching the men’s singles semi-finals and to Raven Klaasen for reaching the men’s doubles semi-finals at #Wimbledon. All the best to Kgothatso Montjane who’s going to become first SA black woman to play at Wimbledon. We are proud of you all. pic.twitter.com/hVW9CZKIiG
— President Cyril Ramaphosa (@CyrilRamaphosa) July 12, 2018
This Kgothatso Montjane, she is the first black South African player to ever play at Wimbledon. Wheelchair tennis player, Kgothatso ranked 7th in the world, arrived in London yesterday. We are all proud of you Kgothatso. #CountMeIn pic.twitter.com/vWgxRj3WLG
— Department of Women (@Dept_of_Women) July 12, 2018
A huge good luck to our star Kgothatso @Montjane_K ahead of her @Wimbledon opener against Katharina Kruger (GER) today. Keep it flat out KG, South Africa is supporting you. we will be cheering you on with the rest of the nation. #BackMontjane #Gr8Wheelie at #wimbledon pic.twitter.com/hZSlvyurCm
— Wheelchair Tennis SA (@WCTennis) July 12, 2018