The sisters are in the country to champion Breaking the Mould (BTM), an initiative created by Octagon SA to acknowledge and recognize women who have broken the mould.

Whether at home, work or in their communities, these are women who have risen above their own set of challenges and adversities to succeed and inspire.  

The event will host more than 4000 excited tennis fans that will have made their way from all over the country to witness this historic event.

The BTM Venus vs Serena Williams Exhibition Match will also break the mould by being the first match to feature wheelchair tennis players as ball kids.

Through the Sports Trust, Wheelchair Tennis SA will be the recipients of funds raised through the auction of original tennis memorabilia kindly donated by the sisters, at a gala dinner held during their stay.

“It is only fitting therefore that this important occasion should be marked with yet another mould breaking moment”, said Qondisa Ngwenya, Managing Director of Octagon and the mastermind behind the BTM initiative.  

It is also appropriate that this match is being played at this arena in the heart of the city of gold because it too is somewhat of a mould breaker:  the SA Open prior to the professional era of sport we know today, was the only Grand Slam event to be played at high altitude – today, there are only three places in the world where international matches are played at altitude and they are Mexico, Andorra and Johannesburg.  

And yet another first is the mixed doubles pairing of top ranked Wheelchair Tennis SA and Tennis SA competitors, is sure to please the assembled spectators and viewers, in a curtain raiser match.

For more information of the event contact Zaakirah Rossier on 084 677 4678 or email:

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