The annual Mahikeng Tennis Open, popularly termed “The African Grand Slam” has teamed up with the Wilson 100 000 Challenge in an exciting tennis moment for South Africa.

Now in its fourth year, the Mahikeng Tennis Open will be awarding six wild cards (four men and two women) to its participants to get direct acceptance into the Wilson 100 000 Challenge in May and also give a 40 percent discounted entry fee price to anyone wishing to play the 100 000 Challenge event.

In order for players to qualify for the discounted entry fee, players have to create a profile in the Tennis South Africa (TSA) online site and also play the Mahikeng Tennis Open.

“Such collaborations seek to increase participation across the board and furthermore foster cooperation between events,” said TennisLabSA’s chief executive officer, Siyabulela Nkachela.

“This is one of many initiatives agreed to by Tennis LabSA, TSA and the Wilson SA in order to make tennis accessible and comprehensive.”

Mozambican Fed Cup player, Marieta Nhamitambo and the Botswana Davis Cup team have confirmed their entries for the tournament this weekend.

The Mahikeng Tennis Open will be played from Friday, with the finals scheduled for Monday,at the Sandton Sports Club in Johannesburg. There will be R23 000 prize money up for grabs.