World stage beckons for Kholo

2019-12-17 06:00
Khololwam Montsi

Khololwam Montsi

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Tennis player, Khololwam Montsi is one of five players to represent South Africa in the ATP Cup in Australia next month.

The 17-year-old, who is based in Sea Point, will be rubbing shoulders with some of the world’s top players at the tournament between Friday 3 and Sunday 12 January.

The team will be playing in Group A along with Serbia, France and Chile.

Explaining how he got this far, Khololwam says passion, dedication, discipline, lots of hard work and knowing that you are not going to win every day is key.

He says but it is important to learn from your losses and bounce back stronger.

“It takes a lot of hard work preparing for the tournament and I am fortunate to have coaches and trainers that are so passionate about what they do. They prepare a tournament and good training schedule for the year, so we know exactly what to do,” adds Khololwam.

He says this is a dream come true and he is looking forward to playing along with top players such as Kevin Anderson, Lloyd Harris, Raven Klaasen and Ruan Roelofse.

“This means I will be sharing the same arena and everything with top world players, thus giving me more exposure on the world stage. This is a big achievement for me as it has opened the doors for me to the main draw of all Junior Grand Slams in the year 2020,” Khololwam says.

He is a beneficiary of Anthony Harris Tennis Academy and is grateful for the support – it pays most of his tuition and travelling costs since 2017.

His mother, Phumla Montsi says it is great for a parent to see children doing well. “We feel truly blessed by all that the boys have achieved.

“We have always said that the move from Pretoria to Anthony Harris Tennis Academy in Cape Town was the best move for Kholo,” Phumla says.

Dionne Newton Harris, spokesperson for the academy, says it is fantastic to see Khololwam’s achievement in the three years that he joined them.

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