Singles giant Kevin Anderson and doubles specialist Raven Klaasen will once again lead a two-pronged South African charge at the world’s most prestigious tennis tournament when the annual Wimbledon Championships gets under way in London on Monday.
Anderson, the No 8 seed, will be eager to build on his fine form this season, which has seen him cement himself among the top 10 players in the world rankings.
He reached the fourth round at the All England Club for the third time last year, and the big-serving player will look to take another step forward by reaching the quarter-finals for the first time at the grass court Grand Slam tournament.
He faces Slovak qualifier Norbert Gombos in the opening round of the men’s singles division.
Klaasen, meanwhile, will pair up with regular partner Michael Venus of New Zealand.
The No 13 seeds will turn out against the Australian duo of Alex Bolt and former Wimbledon singles champion Lleyton Hewitt in the first round.
Another South African, 21-year-old Lloyd Harris, competed in the men’s singles qualifying competition in an attempt to earn a spot in the main draw, but he was eliminated in the opening round.