World qualifying wheelchair tennis now set for KSMS

Feb 06, 2021

Organizers have shifted the venue for the forthcoming 2012 BNP-Paribas World qualifying wheelchair tennis championship from the previous venue, Kenyatta University (KU0 to Kenya School of Monetary Studies KSMS, along Thika road.

According to Kenya Lawn Tennis Association, KLTA has opted for KSMS due to its standard hard court as compared to the university that has loose surfaced courts.

The KLTA chairperson, Paurvi Rawal said Kenya has entered two teams of three men and women. Two more players have also been put on stand by as reserves.

"We expect a highly competitive event that I believe will open up wheelchair tennis in Kenya and the region at large. I hope that after the championship many physically challenged persons in Kenya will take up the games,” said the KLTA chair.

Seven countries among them Egypt, Zambia, South Africa and Morocco have so far confirmed their participation with each country entering male and female teams to the March championship.

The four day championship will run from February 28 to March 2 and teams are expected to start arriving in the country on Saturday, February 25, 2012.

Elsewhere, Ibrahim Kibet failed to make it past the preliminary stage in the first leg of the ongoing International Tennis Federation, ITF East Africa junior champions which commenced on Sunday at the Nairobi club.

Kibet who also lost at the same stage in the previous edition was knocked out by British, Aswin Lizen with a 7-6 (3), 6-1 sets. His brother, Ishmael Changawa will take to the court on Tuesday and he’s expected to thwart the opposition of foreign players who have dominated event which will run for the next two weeks.

Other Kenyans tipped to perform well in this edition are Jebril Teja and Nikita Dawda who won silver in the first edition, which concluded last Saturday.

 

Elvince Joshua

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