Masika tennis tournament set for next week in Arusha

03Sep 2021
Joseph Mchekadona
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Masika tennis tournament set for next week in Arusha

THIS year's edition of the Masika tennis tournament will be held next week at AICC courts in Arusha, the showdown's organizers disclosed.

Junior and senior tennis players that featured in a past Masika tennis tournament, which took place at AICC courts in Arusha, pose for a photo at the showdown's climax. PHOTO: COURTESY OF FRATERN MASIKA

Richard Fanuel, one of the competition's organizers, said it will be held on September 11-12.

Fanuel pointed out unlike in the past, when the tournament solely brought together veterans, this year's competition will be a junior event.

The Masika tennis tournament is held annually to honour the late Justin Gustaph Masika who was a sports lover in the country and Arusha in particular.

He said more than 50 juniors from around the country will compete at the two-day showdown and winners will be awarded medals and trophies.

"All is set for this year's edition of Masika tennis tournament, we have invited juniors from all regions in the country which take part in the event and we expect it to be a very competitive event," he disclosed.

Fratern Masika, one of the tournament's sponsors, said they have decided to change the tournament to a junior showdown to allow more young players to play the game.

He said that they are of the view that Masika tennis tournament will be a platform for grooming future tennis players.

Masika stated: ''The Masika tennis tournament is held in honour of our father, Justin, who died some years ago, he was a true lover of sports and tennis in particular.''

''In the past years we were organizing veterans tournaments, but, for the sake of promoting the game among the children, we decided to make it a junior event and it will be annually," he said.

Masika said depending on circumstances, the organizers have planned to, in the future, organize a tournament for both juniors and veterans.

He said due to the COVID-19 outbreak, last year there was no Masika tennis tournament.

Dismas Philipo Lume was the tournament's 2019 edition's winner, with Fratern Masika settling for the runner-up spot.