South African Airways (SAA), which recently joined the Star Alliance of airlines, has played on its SA connections to woo a doubles partner in international sport. The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), which looks after men’s tennis – and is currently headed by a South African, Etienne de Villiers – has proclaimed our national carrier “the official airline of the ATP”.
Although Etienne and his new business friends are quite diminutive in stature (see photo), and given to juvenile antics with sports paraphernalia that could end up hurting them (drop the balls and roll them over here slowly, gentlemen – for your own safety!), they are clearly dealmakers to the last centimeter. SA Blog looks forward to a chat with Roger Federer on his next filght to Joburg.