The Tanzania Lawn Tennis Association (TLTA) is set to select 24 junior players for the African junior qualifiers next month despite the lack of financial support from the responsible ministry.
TLTA secretary general Inger Njau said yesterday the team will be picked from the BQ Open Junior Championship which climaxes at the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club today.
The annual championship, funded by the BQ construction firm, involves children of five to 10 years.
Competing regions include Morogoro, Arusha and Dar es Salaam, and is the key event towards selecting a junior team for the African qualifiers.
Njau said the government was not taking concrete measures on promoting tennis, only providing moral support from time to time.
The lack of fans to cheer the players was another challenge as it discourages players from performing well before sparse crowds or empty stands.
This year’s junior championships have included wheelchair tennis players. The winner in the singles for men will be awarded Sh150, 000 while the singles winner for women collects Sh100, 000 right away, she said.