Two-time Wheelchair Tennis Grand Slam Champion, Lucas Sithole, says his main aim this year is to improve his current sixth world ranking. He added that chasing the number one spot is not a far-fetched ambition.

Sithole is currently preparing for a packed international schedule ahead.

Wheelchair Tennis South Africa (WTSA) named the quad ace amongst the players to represent the country in the prestigious 2019 World Team Cup.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF)’s flagship wheelchair tennis team event will be hosted by the Israel Tennis Association (ITA) at the Larry and Mary Greenspon Israel Tennis Centre in Ramat Hasharon from Monday next week.

Sithole, the first African player to win a Super Series Event or a Grand Slam, has already had a busy season.

Just last month he went down fighting in the quarter-final of the Japan Open against Japanese 3rd seed Koji Sugeno and lost 1-6 6-4 1-6.

Despite the loss in the singles competition, Sithole put up a master class performance with partner Donald Ramphadi to reach doubles semi-finals.

The 32-year-old spoke of the financial challenges hindering his progress. – Report by Jefferson Lupuwana

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