Q&A Sessions: Montjane: The unlikely tennis star

Entering tennis late and knowing nothing about the sport, 35-year-old Kgothatso Montjane speaks to Athandiwe Saba about her becoming the first black woman South African player to reach the Wimbledon final, her ‘robotic’ leg, being a DJ and the love of her parents.


Tell me what it was like growing up in Ga-Mphahlele village in Limpopo.

I grew up in a very big family. My grandma has eight kids, including my mother. So obviously I used to be the only child who was born with a disability. Everyone was so overprotective of me, even though at the same time they wanted to treat me like any other person at home. 

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Athandiwe Saba
Athandiwe Saba

Athandiwe Saba is a multi award-winning journalist who is passionate about data, human interest issues, governance and everything that isn’t on social media. She is an author, an avid reader and trying to find the answer to the perfect balance between investigative journalism, online audiences and the decline in newspaper sales. It’s a rough world and a rewarding profession.

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