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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Stage set for ITF tourney

24th May 2010

Tanzania tennis players will be seeking to fully exploit home ground advantage as the second leg of the International Tennis Federation’s sanctioned East Africa Money Circuit starts at Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club (DGC) courts on Wednesday.

The four-day event, which comes to a close on Saturday, is also expected to attract top tennis players from the rest of the region.

DGC will host the tournament under the umbrella of Tanzania Tennis Association (TTA) as part of efforts to promote the sport in the country.

DGC’s tennis section’s captain Inger Njau said over the weekend the tournament will be competed in ladies’ singles and doubles, men’s singles and doubles. Two other social events for veterans will be staged in singles and mixed doubles.

“Advanced junior players are also encouraged to join the event”, said Njau.

Njau said DAWASA and DAWASCO firms are behind the sponsorship of the tourney.

“We sincerely thank the two firms for their support” she said. Njau requested all players intending to participate in the tournament to confirm ahead of tomorrow evening’s pre set deadline.

Singles and doubles events for both men and women are expected to draw much attention from domestic tennis lovers.

Veterans’ singles and mixed doubles are events also expected to draw attention of the recreational tennis players and fans as well.

The first leg of the ITF sanctioned tournament took place in Mombasa last week with five DGC players participating in the event.

Last year’s East Africa Money Circuit champion Rwandan Jean-Claude Gasigwa and runner-up Kenyan Francis Rogoi are once again to join this edition’s showdown.

Domestic baseliners Omary Abdallah, Sebastian Mtupili and Hassan Kassim are expected to flap the country’s flag.

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