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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Italian trainer acclaims Dar tennis juniors

22nd August 2011

International Tennis Federation’s trainer Italian Fabrizio Calderone said Tanzania has enough potential to make it at global stage if an investment is concentrated at grassroots promotion.

The coach was speaking this at the end of a week-long Simba Cement sponsored junior tennis camp held at Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club (DGC) over the weekend.

The Italian trainer said through the week he found a number of promising youngsters who might make it to the high profile stage.

“The young players are very bright, ready to learn new things and I believe that if they can be well natured they cam make it on the international tennis world”, he said.

Commenting on the camp, the Tanzania Tennis Association (TTA) secretary general Inger Njau said she is very happy that many youngsters attended the clinic, and it is only through clinics that the country can have a strong tennis future.

She said the camp has helped many youngsters to learn new tactics of the game and she said the coach who also runs a tennis academy in his native country has promised to take some young players there.

Njau could not say the number of players who will be taken to the academy and also the day of their departure.

“The coach has been impressed with the number of juniors who attended the clinic and also their curiosity to learn new skills of the game”, she said.

She also said her association (TTA) is looking for funds so that the Italian trainer is to host a coaching clinic for local coaches.

Njau also said this year’s edition of Simba Cement Open competition gets underway tomorrow at DGC. Many domestic and international tennis players have confirmed to compete.

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