Lucas Sithole (26) became the first African to win the US Open Quad Grand Slam when he defeated David Wagner in US Wheelchair Tennis Competition. He lost his legs and his right arm in a train accident in 1998. But that never stopped him from pursuing his tennis dream. Confidence, self-respect and hard work got him where he is today. He has become a role model to the young people back in his home town.
Sithole, who grew up as a soccer player in Dannhauser, KwaZulu-Natal, fell in love with tennis in 2005. “I chose tennis because it was an independent sport and I love my space and being alone,” he said. His dream is to become number one in the world. “Now I’m eyeing to be world’s number one and win more medals especially in the upcoming Paralympics event,” he added.
Even his family is supporting his work. The support he gets is amazing. “I never thought I’d get this much support back at home since I’m paralysed. But everyone (including my family) is amazing towards me,” he said. His advice to young people who want to be world champs one day is: “Even if you (are) disabled, you can still go for your dream.”
Lucas is happy with his game and is looking forward to winning more Grand Slams. His focus now is to participate and win the US Masters which takes place in November this year and the 2016 Paralympics in Brazil. “I’m working hard at the moment and preparing for the 2016 Rio Paralympics,” he added. “And my coach is working hard also.”
About Lucas Sithole
- He is currently number one nationally and second internationally.
- In 2010, he won SA Disabled Sportsman of the year and Gauteng Disabled Sportsman of the year.
- He plays on division Quad.
- He is currently holding 37 titles within seven years of his career.