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  • Some of the junior players who attended the regional tennis camp at Sadili.Some of the junior players who attended the regional tennis camp at Sadili.
Aug 10, 2010-

Sadili Oval Sports Academy, a Langata-based High Performance Training Centre - marked a major milestone at the conclusion of the annual Safari East Africa Junior Tennis Championships. 

The event drew over 120 young players from different parts of the world after three days of competitive action, which succeeded a one-week intensive training camp.

The highlight of the last day of the competition on Saturday was a two set thriller between Uganda's Dennis Lutaya and Shabani Kabura from Burundi in the Boys Under 16 category.

Lutaya withstood a major onslaught from the vastly talented Kabura but capitalized on his rival's lapse in concentration in the second set to eventually prevail in straight sets of 7/5, 6/1.

" I took note of his weakest point and decided to use it to my advantage to win this match”, said a beaming Lutaya after the match. “He was a tough opponent, but at least I got to take the title home."

Compatriots Amadi Kagoma and Idrissa Ndayisenga from Burundi in the Boys Under 18 served another mouthwatering clash. The match was an exhibition of great technique from both players before Kagoma emerged victorious in two straight sets of 7/5, 6/3.

Speaking during the prize giving ceremony, Sadili Director, Dr. Liz Odera termed the event, which is in its 20th year as a culmination of long journey and a realization of dream.

“Looking back, we as the Sadili family truly feel very proud of past achievement”, said Dr. Odera. We've had many challenges along the way but we can proudly say that over the years we've grown to become the region's foremost tennis academy”

M-PESA's country Sales Representative, Victor Ngumo, who was speaking on behalf of Safaricom – the gold sponsors of this year's camp – termed the competition as a very well organized event and expressed appreciation for the huge turn out and great enthusiasm of the competitors.

The Safari Juniour Tennis Camp is an annual event that brings together kids from all over the world. Over the last few years, the camp and subsequent junior championships have become a tradition at this time of the year at the Langata based Sports Academy.

The camp not only offers the children international training and exposure but also equips them with life skills aimed at modeling all-round personalities.Players in the event are classified in different age groups between 6-18 years.

The Sports Academy and School is directed by Dr. Liz Odera, multiple degree holder in Sports Science, Immunology, Parasitology and Education.


Collated Singles Results:

Girls U-10

Mogan Griffiths (UK) beat Kiara Jones (4/3, 4/2)

Boys U-10

Binal Jayasinghe (Sri Lanka) beat Davis Matanda (Kenya) (4/1, 4/2)

Girls U-12

Emily Stone-Wigg (UK) beat Naeema Bashir (Kenya) (4/3, 3 / 4, 10/1)

Boys U-10

Ricky Omondi (Kenya) beat Ronnex Otieno (Kenya) (6/3)

Girls U-14

Aaliyah Bashir (Kenya) beat Chizi Mutsumi (Kenya) (6/2, 2/6, 10/7)

Boys U-14

Ibrahim Kessi (Tanzania) beat Vivek Majithia (Kenaya) (3/0, 6/4)

Boys U-16

Dennis Lutaya (Uganda) beat Shabani Kabura (Burundi) (7/5, 6/1)

Boys U-18

Amadi Kagoma (Burundi) beat Idrissa Ndayisenga (Burundi) (7/5, 6/3).


Steven Omondi

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