Johannesburg – South African top wheelchair tennis star Kgothatso “KG” Montjane will make her long awaited return to competition at the French Open after seven-month lay-off due to Covid-19.
Wheelchair tennis event gets will take place between 7 and 10 October in Paris and Montjane, who missed the US Open a few months ago due to the coronavirus pandemic, will continue her pursuit for her maiden Grand Slam.
“Following a successful US Open event‚ it was a shred of clear evidence to show that there are safety protocols in place for everyone to be back to competition and that’s what enhanced my decision to go to Roland Garros.
“I’m still anxious though about Covid-19‚ so I will just need to make sure that I stay safe‚” Montjane said.
The French Open, which normally takes place in May, was postponed by organisers from its usual slot due to the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s been a while since I have played a competitive match and I’m just longing to get back to the competition to test where my mind is in terms of competing‚” she said admitting that the transition from hard court to clay is going to be challenging.
“It will be challenging to move from hard court to clay‚ but I am determined to go out there and challenge myself.
“I honestly miss competing‚ so I think I have prepared enough despite preparations being on hardcourt.”
Montjane will join fellow South Africans Lloyd Harris, Kevin Anderson and Raven Klaasen in the tournament.