South Africa’s ‘quad squad’ have become the first-ever African team to reach a World Team Cup Final.
The International Tennis Federation (ITF), the world governing body of tennis, announced the “historic strikes for South Africa 🇿🇦💪” on Thursday 5 May.
The South African team – which includes 28-year-old Donald Ramphadi (ranked world number 10 and Africa’s number one in men’s wheelchair tennis), Lucas Sithole and Danny Mohlamonyane – reached the final of the BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Portugal, after defeating Brazil 2-0 to secure their spot in the all-important final. Ramphadi defeated Ymanitu Da Silva 6-0, 6-1 and Sithole edged past Leandro Pena 6-2, 2-6, 6-2.
“Huge congratulations to the team! 🇿🇦🇿🇦” said Tennis South Africa.
They will face the Netherlands for the trophy tomorrow, Saturday. UPDATE: Congratulations to the Netherlands, who were crowned World Team Cup Quad Champions for the third time. We’re still so proud of the SA team and can’t wait for next year!
— ITF (@ITFTennis) May 5, 2022