Playing tennis – with no legs

Neale Emslie

UITENHAGE sportsman Marshall Marsh has spent virtually his whole life without legs from above the knees, but the wheelchair tennis ace has not let that bother him as he lays out his plans for the future.

Marsh’s immediate priority will be to make an impact on the Acsa Eastern Cape Wheelchair Open which starts at NMMU today.

Ranked two in the country, Marsh will be aiming to use home-court advantage to his benefit, although he knows that the opposition – which includes SA No1 Evans Maripa and Zimbabwe’s top player, Nyasha Mharakurwa – will be extremely tough.

Marsh, though, is accustomed to challenges, which he faced ever since he was seriously burnt in a fire at the age of two months.

“I lost my mom in that fire and I spent two years in a hospital in Cape Town,” Marsh said. “But being only two months old, I don’t remember a thing about all that.”

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