The current crop of junior tennis players at Arusha International Conference Centre (AICC) club stands a great chance to dominate the local tennis circles should they maintain their impressive form.
AICC tennis club’s head coach Pius John said over the weekend that the performance keeps improving each day and it is only a matter of time before they develop into formidable players in both local and international competitions.
“Our club fielded six players in the Smash Tennis junior tournament held at Sadili courts in Nairobi recently and they impressed,” said John.
The players, Omary Manase, Philipo Agustino, Yassin Hamis, Carlos Jerome, Farida Shaaban and Mwanahamisi Kassim, competed in U-12, U-14 and U-16 categories.
Manase, who was the most consistent performer out of the six, reached the finals of the boys’ U-14 singles before managing semi-final berth in boys’ U-16 singles.
Team-mate Hamisi crashed out of the semi-finals of boys’ U-14 singles while Shaaban and Kassim secured a place in the quarter-finals of the girls’ U-12 singles.
“Most of them were playing their first competitive tournament outside the country and they have done their best,” said John.
Manase said despite failing to win a trophy away from their familiar AICC tennis courts, he was proud of his overall achievement in the tournament.
“I pushed my opponent from Uganda throughout the U-14 boys’ singles finals and he had to knuckle down to win the three-setter duel,” he said.
Manase added that he has learned a lot on the technical aspects of the sport in the event and he will use the experience to bolster his performance.
John, on his part, said the AICC tennis club is looking forward to host a junior competition in the next few months to give the club’s youngsters more opportunity to participate in competitive tennis on regular basis.