• Wheelchair Tennis World Qualifiers kicks off at KSMS

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Feb 27, 2012-

Players from seven countries including hosts Kenya kick off the chase Tuesday for continental tickets for the Wheelchair World Tennis qualifying tournament.

Kenya, Morocco, Gambia, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and South Africa will compete in the Wheelchair World Tennis Cup qualifiers at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies, KSMS from Tuesday February 28- March 2.

According to the organiser Wanjii Mbugua-Karani the teams have been training at KSMS and all is set for kick off following the arrival of the International Tennis Federation representative, Suzie Dyrbus.

Six qualification slots are up for grabs plus a Wild Card for the host of the World Group.

Karani, a former Kenyan international explained the format of play that will be adapted for the tournament where the standard tennis rules applies with the only difference being that the players use wheelchairs on the court and the ball is allowed two bounces.

“The matches will consist of two singles and a doubles event, with the winner of each qualification playing in the World Group 2. “The remaining 2 positions will be given to the largest qualification zone or as a Wild Card for the host of the Qualification.”

The qualifiers from this event will represent Africa in the main world team cup Championships to be held in South Korea in May 2012. The world team cup is the official ITF wheelchair team event and is sponsored by BNP Paribas and Kenya Lawn Tennis Association, KLTA.

 

 

 Evelyn Watta

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