- A 17-year-old South African teenager, Khololwam Montsi, is set to represent Mzansi at the Junior French Open tennis tournament in a few weeks
- Montsi was born in East London and leaves this week to the Junior French Open, which starts on 4 October
- Montsi has been judged for his height by male tennis professionals but doesn't allow that to hinder his progress and skills
A 17-year-old South African teenager is set to represent the nation at the Junior French Open this year. Khololwam Montsi was born in East London leaves this week to start his journey at the tournament.
Montsi is not the biggest of players being just over 1.65m tall but this has not stopped the teen from chasing his dreams. He is currently being homeschooled and wishes to study law when he finishes school.
The Junior French Open will be held from 4 October to 10 October in France. Montsi has been named "one to watch," by various publications as he makes his way up the tennis rankings. Montsi's older brother, Siphosothando, was also a Top 100 junior player.
In an interview with CityPress, Montsi said that opponents who are taller than him may think that they could physically overpower him but he is smarter and can work around in smarter ways to take them down.
TheGuardian reported about taller players trying to walk over Montsi's aspirations and his reaction. Montsi said he would work hard to beat everyone he can. He added:
“If I lose, I lose, I go back to the drawing board. But I’m on a mission, really.”
In other news about young tennis stars, Briefly.co.za previously reported on Naomi Osaka becoming the world's highest-earning female athlete. Naomi Osaka has become the world's top-earning female athlete.
According to a story posted on Forbes on Friday, 22 May, Osaka earned $37.4m in 1 year from endorsements and prize money, surpassing Serena Williams’ earning during that period. She added the 2019 Australian Open title to her trophy cabinet, allowing her to become the first player from Asia to be #1 in the women’s or men’s tennis rankings.
Osaka’s $37.4m earnings is a one-year record for a female athlete, as she surpasses the previous mark of 29.7m set by Maria Sharapova in 2015. The Japanese tennis star is #29 overall, with Williams at #33, on Forbes’ annual list of the 100 top-earning athletes.
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