Ramphadi hopes new sponsorship will open more doors

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Roland Garros champion, Donald Ramphadi, says he hopes that the new Tennis South Africa (TSA) sponsorship will be elevate wheelchair tennis in the country.

The federation yesterday announced a new partnership with American Express, which the federation believes will help take the sport to another level.

Ramphadi, who is ranked number four globally, shared how difficult it has been for them and says he hopes that this sponsorship will bring about new opportunities.

Speaking to YNews, Ramphadi was upbeat that good things are on the horizon, especially his team’s wheelchair division.

Ramphadi is the first South African male athlete, both able-bodied and wheelchair, to win a French Open title since Johan Kriek in 1981. He will be heading to Japan and Korea at the end of this month, before competing at the Paralympics to be held in Paris in August.

He says he is confident that he will get a podium finish.

Tennis South Africa (TSA) President, Gavin Crookes, meanwhile says the partnership with American Express (Amex) will be very instrumental in improving the development of tennis in the country.
He says the funds will be used for various projects, which includes taking the sport to rural areas.
TSA’s competitions will be renamed as American Express National Club Champs, American Express Junior Nationals, American Express Super 8 Junior Series Race and American Express wheelchair tennis programme.


Written by: Nonhlanhla Harris

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