Feliciano Lopez has returned to South Africa to defend his title at the SA Tennis Open. Just like last year the Spaniard enjoyed the safari’s on offer at the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve.
The Spaniard will start his title defense on Monday and is already mentally preparing for a meeting with local Kevin Anderson who thumped him in Brisbane while he was battling a virus (and his form). “If we should meet again in South Africa I would hope to give a better account of myself.”
David Ferrer has pulled out of the event at the last minute after making the semi finals of the Australian Open, which finishes the day before the SA Tennis Open starts. The tournament has been criticized for failing to attract any big names because they are financially restricted and unable to provide appearance fees. This year Lopez is the top seed as Tsonga and Monfils have also failed to return. Yen-Hsun Lu and Janko Tipsarevic are the second and third seeds.
“It is really sad to hear that these beautiful animals are killed by poachers and the young rhinos are left behind with no one to care for them. Hopefully the fans that come out to watch the tennis can help raise some money to help look after them” – Feli Lopez