South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has personally phoned Kevin Anderson to wish him luck in the Wimbledon Final this afternoon.
Ramaphosa tweeted: “I called & spoke to Kevin Anderson & wished him the best of luck & told him that we are all rooting for him.
“He was very pleased and said he’d do his best to make South Africa proud.”
Anderson will face Novak Djokovic in the final.
Ramaphosa also congratulated Raven Klaasen and Kgothatso Montjane for making it as far as they did at #Wimbledon. Klaasen played in the Men’s Doubles Finals yesterday, with Kiwi partner Michael Venus. They lost out to Americans Mike Bryan and Jack Sock.
Well done to Raven Klaasen & Kgothatso Montjane for making it as far as they did at #Wimbledon. I called & spoke to Kevin Anderson & wished him the best of luck & told him that we are all rooting for him. He was very pleased and said he’d do his best to make South Africa proud. pic.twitter.com/k58xdtVIKI
— President Cyril Ramaphosa (@CyrilRamaphosa) July 15, 2018
Wheelchair tennis player Montjane, ranked seventh in the world, made history as South Africa’s first black woman tennis player to play Wimbledon. She made it through to the Wimbledon semi-finals.
Montjane said: “It’s been an incredible journey reaching my first ever Grand Slam semi-final at #Wimbledon. Thank You so much, Your Love and Support has been amazing.”
Her story is inspiring. According to Cheryl Roberts, on Twitter, Montjane was a world class player with no sponsor… so earlier this year she sent a letter to South Africa’s former First Lady, Zanele Mbeki, asking for some assistance.
“Mrs Mbeki responded with some help. And Kgothatso Montjane was able to play in the French Open and today at Wimbledon,” says Cheryl.
It’s been a South African weekend at Wimbledon with wheelchair player Lucas Sithole also making SA proud. Sithole played, together with his Australian partner in the exhibition quad wheelchair doubles final, losing out to an American and Brit.
She’s won her first match on her debut participation at Wimbledon 2018! That’s wheelchair tennis player Kgothatso Montjane, South Africa’s first black woman tennis player to play Wimbledon. And she beat a higher ranked opponent. Kgothatso Montjane is now into the Wimbledon semi’s pic.twitter.com/kOAlzVUUiu
— cheryl roberts (@cherylroberts00) July 12, 2018