South Africa’s top players crashed out in the opening round of their respective singles categories on Wednesday, as the wheelchair tennis competition got underway at the Australian Open.
Lucas Sithole lost to American David Wagner, with the top seed securing a 6-2 6-3 victory in the quad singles division at Melbourne Park.
Sithole and Wagner were set to team up in a straight doubles final against British player Andrew Lapthorne and Australian Dylan Alcott later in the week.
Khothatso Montjane, meanwhile, put up a fight against Aniek van Koot in the opening round of the women’s singles, but the Dutch player snatched a 7-6 7-5 win.
Montjane and German partner Sabine Ellerbrock were due to face Marjolein Buis and Yui Kamiji in the first round of the doubles competition.