Only one young tennis player Emmanuel Nicodem stands a chance of being selected to attend the Eastern Africa Junior Tennis Players Training to be held in Bujumbura, Burundi later this year.
According to Tanzania Tennis Federation (TTF) secretary general Inger Njau, Nicodem impressed the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Eastern Africa Development Officer, Prince Madema, when he visited the country late last year.
Njau said the official recommended the young tennis player to the current ITF Development Officer Thierry Ntwali to be considered for the Burundi training.
She said the training will start in November this year and for Nicodem to attend it he must produce his original birth certificate and current academic performance report.
She said ITF are very strict on age and academic performance of the prospective students at their schools.
“Nicodem has 60 per cent chances of attending the training in Burundi as he has impressed the ITF Development Officer, but he must show his original birth certificate and his current school report. You know ITF want to improve tennis among the youth,” the TTF official said.
Njau said ITF need only ten young tennis players, six boys and four girls, from 10 member states of the Eastern Africa Tennis Federation.
She named the countries which are under the Eastern African Tennis Federation as Kenya, Sudan, Burundi, Comoro, Djibouti, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Seychelles and Tanzania.
In a related development, Njau said the Italian tennis trainer Falnzio Caldarone will conduct a four-day camp for junior players at the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club (DGC) starting from August 15-19 this year
Njau disclosed that the training for the junior players has been sponsored by Simba Cement and the company will also host a Junior and Senior open tournaments at the end of that month at the same venue.
She said the camp will help the youngsters to learn many tactics of the game and the coach, who also runs a tennis academy in his native country, has promised to take some young players to his academy.
However, Njau could not reveal the number of players who will be taken to the academy and the day of their departure to Italy.
She further said Tanzania Tennis Association (TTA) are also looking for funds so that the Italian trainer could host a coaching clinic for local tennis coaches.
Njau said the tennis body has already written to many companies asking for the funds to host the coaches’ clinic but so far there is no company that has responded to their request.