Donald Ramphadi, Lucas Sithole, and Danny Mohlamonyane make up the team that earned a silver medal at the finals of the BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Portugal.
Vilamoura, Portugal (09 May 2022) – The South African quad wheelchair tennis team has flown the flag high in Portugal by earning a silver medal in the finals against the Netherlands and being selected as the “Team of the Year” for being the first African team to reach the World Cup Final.
Donald Ramphadi, Lucas Sithole, and Danny Mohlamonyane are the men credited for this fantastic win. The team are part of a group representing SA at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup.
The team played their way to the final, making history as they secured their win in the Semi-final. They made history by becoming the first African team to make it to the finals of the World Team Cup.
“South Africa’s quad wheelchair tennis team made BNP Paribas World Team Cup history on the fourth day of this year’s competition after becoming the first African team to reach one of the four championship finals at the ITF’s flagship wheelchair tennis team event in Portugal.” – Tennis South Africa
Donald Ramphadi shared his excitement about the finals and how playing with Lucas Sithole made it easier.
“I’m very excited for us to be going to the finals for the first time,” said 28-year-old Ramphadi. “I’m very happy with how my teammate Lucas played, because he really made the job easier for me, but then also for my own performance. And to be the first team from Africa to make it to the World Team Cup finals and for me to be a part of that, I’m really happy.”
The silver win and history-making moment has South Africans in awe and flooding social media with praise. The men did a stellar job and come home sporting heroes! We are incredibly proud of Donald, Lucas and Danny.
SA’s quad wheelchair team won silver medal at the @BNPParibas World Team Cup after losing to Netherlands in the Quad World Group final at the weekend.
The team were awarded team of the year award for becoming the first African team to reach a World Team Cup final.
— Tennis South Africa (@TennisSA) May 9, 2022