Another Motlojoa makes it to US


MASERU – Lesotho’s young tennis sensational Nyathi Motlojoa has relocated to the United States of America (USA) to join the Seward County Community College Tennis club called the Saints. According to the player’s father and personal coach Retšelisitsoe Motlojoa his youngest son left for the US last Friday to join his elder son Kukutla who is with another US tennis college club called Broncos.

“Nyathi is joining the same team that another top Lesotho tennis player Lebelo Mosehle joined in 2015. “My older son Kukutla joined Broncos last on a tennis scholarship offered by the college. Like both Mosehle and Kukutla, Nyathi will also enrol at the Seward County Community College as both a student and tennis player,” Motlojoa senior told Public Eye in an interview on Monday.

Motlojoa said Nyathi began his first practice session at his new club last Sunday. “It is true that one has to apply for the scholarship but being a good tennis player is an added advantage which works in favour of the young players. “Sports are taken quite seriously in American colleges and universities this is why the first person who met Nyathi when he landed in the US was the college tennis coach who is going to mentor him during his stay in that country,” he also said, adding otherwise his sons’ chances of studying there would have been slim.

Nyathi ranks number 1256 on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) rankings. He reached the second round of the African Youth Games which were held in Algiers, Algeria last month. Meanwhile, Mosehle and Kukutla have since graduated from their respective colleges.

Motlojoa said Mosehle has just enrolled at one of the US universities, while Kukutla who has just completed his education at the college level is waiting to enrol at varsity too. “As long as they play tennis (in the US) they are taken care of,” Motlojoa said.

He said during US school vacations, both Mosehle and Kukutla moonlight as coaches at a tennis academy owned by top US female tennis star, Stephens Sloane. Sloane is the defending USA Open champion. The 2018 edition of the USA Open kicks off next week Monday.

It is expected that both Mosehle and the two Motlojoa brothers will one day play professional tennis, just like South African tennis star Kevin Anderson who is a former US tennis college student. Anderson is ranked among the top 10 players in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).

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