First African To Win US Open Gets Hero’s Homecoming Welcome

First African To Win US Open Gets Hero’s Homecoming Welcome

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82485 (1) 542087_266396THE FIRST African tennis player to win a US Open title has received a hero’s welcome on his return home.

South Africa wheelchair player Lucas Sithole beat current world number one, David Wagner, to take the single section of the Quad championship.

Sithole, who lost both his legs and much of his right arm in a train accident in Dannhauser 1998, was met with massive crowds as his plane landed at OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg.

After defeating home favourite Wagner 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, Sithole has been ranked world number two.

The 26-year-old says he is just happy to have a full life even after his accident.

“It all started when I accepted myself after my accident, I didn’t stay indoors – I went to look for help and my primary school was a big help,” Sithole said.

Tennis South Africa (TSA) president Bongani Zondi congratulated the champion on his victory.

“We are proud as TSA to have a champion at long last and also a black South African,” Zondi said.