Johannesburg – South African wheelchair tennis quad
player and coach, Bongani Dlamini, from Umlazi in KwaZulu-Natal has died aged 36
after a short illness.
who was diagnosed with meningitis and tuberculosis three weeks ago, lost
his battle at Prince Msiyeni Hospital on Saturday, family member Mduduzi
36-year-old is the second SA wheelchair tennis player to have died from meningitis
following the passing of former world No 2 junior Thando Hlatswayo in 2016.
represented South Africa in the BNP Paribas World Team Cups in 2012, 2013, 2015
a 7-year professional career, Dlamini won 13 singles titles and reached a
career-high No 14 in the singles rankings in 2014.
of his major achievements include scooping the 2015 Bucharest Open in Europe
and winning the 2016 EZMED Arizona Open quads singles title in Tucson, United
last tournament was the 2017 Soweto Open staged at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre in
Soweto where he was a runner-up after losing a hard-fought final against Danny
Mohlamonyane in the quad singles event.
Tennis South Africa (WTSA) Manager Karen Losch said, “We have lost another
giant, and words simply cannot express how saddened we are by this news about
was a talented and determined player. We have special memories to cherish, but
this leaves a gaping hole for everyone at WTSA.
our thoughts and prayers are with the Dlamini and WTSA family during this tough
time, may the soul of our champ rest in eternal peace!”
of the funeral were not yet available, but the family confirmed that the tennis
ace will be buried in Umzimkhulu, KwaZulu-Natal.