Rising South African tennis star Khololwami Montsi continued his rapid rise in the game, with another wonderful performance at a junior ITF competition on Sunday.

The 16-year-old won his second tournament in as many weeks, this time his first Grade A tournament, as he lifted the trophy at the Samaai Junior Open at the Kelvin Grove club in Cape Town, beating Frenchman Terrence Atmane 7-5, 6-1 in the final.

Montsi had to fight hard to reach the final, coming back from the brink of defeat on at least two occasions against players seeded higher than him, Montsi says having home support really helped push him through.

Montsi says that when he is down he tries to channel his anger and frustration into something positive.

It was only last month that Montsi broke into the top 100 juniors in the world for the first time, and this performance should now see him climb into the top 25, when the latest ITF rankings come out this week.

Kholo is following in the footsteps of his 20-year-old brother Sipho, also an aspiring tennis star who is currently at college in the USA.

Despite his young age, Montsi understands that as a young black African tennis player, he has other responsibilities as he and his brother are kind of pioneers.

This was evident at last week’s tournament as many young kids watched on in awe, including other promising youngsters from the Anthony Harris Tennis Academy, where Montsi and ATP star Lloyd Harris are based. – Report by Rob Delport