JOHANNESBURG – A field consisting of both able-bodied and wheelchair tennis stars have been assembled for the 2019 SA Spring Open tournament to be staged at Ellis Park Tennis Stadium in Johannesburg from September 22 to 29.
Tennis South Africa (TSA) confirmed the entries for the event, with the able-bodied ITF $15 000 Transition Tour and the Wheelchair Tennis Grade II combined tournament attracting over 100 players from 25 nations, including France, Japan, Italy, Israel, Serbia, Curacao, Brazil, Australia, Netherlands, India, Denmark and more.
In the able-bodied tournament, the SA women’s field will be headed by the country’s top-ranked player Chanel Simmonds. She will up against an all-star women’s line-up which includes Caroline Romeo from France, Dutch world number 757 Merel Hoedt and India’s Zeel Desai.
Heading up the men’s field will be world number 413 Tom Jomby from France, 26-year-old Zimbabwean Benjamin Lock, Austria’s David Pichler, American Alec Adamson and Alexander Donski from Bulgaria, who was a member of the Bulgarian team that played against South Africa in the Davis Cup tie this past weekend.
They represent the strongest opposition for South Africa’s Lance-Pierre du Toit, Charl Morgan and junior star Kholo Montsi.