Historic strikes for South Africa
Photos: International Tennis Federation on Twitter

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!

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