Northwest Province, South Africa, 28 April 2011 |

Over the Easter long weekend Australian No. 1 Wheelchair Tennis player, Ben Weekes (Eastwood, NSW), reached the final of the ITF Grade 1 2011 ACSA South African Open (18 -22 April), playing Tadeusz Kruszenickl of Poland.

Weekes, current world No. 12, displayed impressive form in the opening games but Kruszenickl dug deep to secure the first set 6-4 then the second 6-0 to win the match.

In other senior matches, Australian No. 4 Michael Dobbie (Thornbury, Vic) reached the second round but his campaign ended when Gordon Reid (GBR) defeated him 6-1, 6-1.  Australian No. 2 Richard Engles (Kogarah, NSW) had a tough first round encounter against Martin Varela of Spain, which ended with Varela walking away with a 7-5 6-4 win.

Junior players Keegan Oh-Chee (Eastwood, NSW), Henry de Cure (Glenelg North, SA) and Stephan Rochecouste (Glenfield, NSW) all reached the final rounds of their competition. Oh-Chee and de Cure enjoyed semi finals berths and Rochecouste reached the quarter finals.

Australian top seed Oh-Chee was defeated 4-1 4-0 [modified scoring] by No. 7 seed Daniel Caverzaschi of Spain, and de Cure faced the tournament’s No. 1 junior seed Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina, who beat the Australian No.2 and world No. 8, in straight sets 6-0 6-1.

2011 ACSA South African Open was held at Sun City Resort in Northwest Province, South Africa.