MANTIS ambassador Stephen Coppinger has become the first South African since the late 70’s to break into the top 20, he has moved up 3 positions in the PSA Men’s World Rankings to number 20.

The 28 year old made a stunning start to the New Year by reaching the quarter finals of both the Tournament of Champions an Motor City Open, unseeded- in the former upsetting higher-ranked Englishmen Peter Baker and Adrian Grant to make the last eight of a PSA World Series event for the first time.

“It is obviously fantastic for me to get into the top 20 and a sure sign that the hard work is paying off with good results over the last few months,” explained the five-time South African national champion. “I am based in Orlando now for a lot of the season, working with David Palmer, and it has been great to be able to work with him and draw on his wealth of experience in the game.

“Rodney Durbach has also been a huge influence over the last five years and continues to help me a lot too. Hopefully with their help, and others around them, I will be able to keep climbing the ladder bit by bit.”

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