Zimbabwean Arusha-based tennis player Martin Dzuwa says he is focusing on featuring in Tanga Cement championship scheduled to be held at the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club courts in August.
Dzuwa, who was dispatched by Tanzanian Kiango Kipingu in the just ended International Tennis Federation (ITF) championship, said the defeat has inspired him to play better.
Dzuwa admitted that local players are making progress at international meets as he did not expect strong challenge from Kipingu.
The shock defeat was a wake up call for him to train hard while he urged locals not to be complacent with their success which might be short lived if they don’t work hard on the court.
“It was encouraging to see Tanzanians challenge for the top honours with a dazzling tenacity. I hope the good attitude in the courts would be passed to other upcoming players,” said Dzuwa.
Meanwhile, Kipingu has urged the Tanzania Tennis Association, TTA, to continue grassroots promotional efforts so as to scout talents.
Kipingu defeated compatriot Omar Abdallah by two straight sets of 6-3 6-4 to scoop the tournament’s highest prize of $800 on Saturday.
Kenyan Caroline Oduor underlined her supremacy when she floored Tanzanian Mkunde Idd by two straight sets of 6-0 6-0 in one of the shortest ladies’ finals.