Meet South African Tennis Prodigy, Siphosothando Montsi
17-year-old Siphosothando Montsi started playing tennis at the age of 10, but it was not until he moved back to South Africa from the UK in 2012 that he started shining in the sport. In 2015, the prodigy was one of the South African junior players invited to join the International Tennis Federation (ITF) team that traveled to Kenya to play two junior tournaments. He made it to the finals in the competition.
Since 2014, Montsi has been busy participating in various junior tournaments all over the world. Last August, he defeated ten opponents to win two ITF South/Central African Junior Circuit tournaments in Zimbabwe. Last December, he was in the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships in the US where he won his first match against American, Brandon McKinney, but lost to China’s Yibing Wu.
It has always been Montsi’s dream to be at the Australian Open Juniors. That dream came true last January when he finally got the chance to participate in the tournament. Although he lost his first-round match, he got what every amateur tennis player would ever wish for: Judy Murray, mother and former coach of world number 1, Andy Murray, approached and congratulated him on a fine performance. She even tweeted a photo of them together.
Speaking about their meeting, Montsi said:
“Judy said that she likes the way I play, especially my drop shots, and she said I have a beautiful serve. She also said I have a bright future ahead of me and I’ve got all the skills needed to be successful in the game, but that my game will get better as I get physically stronger and bigger.
It was a great accomplishment to get such a big compliment like that from the world number 1 player’s mum.”
According to Weekend Argus, Montsi is currently ranked 108 in world junior rankings. He dreams of becoming world number 1 someday. With his talent and drive, we see that coming.
By Prince Jacon, published on 12/04/2017