With slightly over three weeks to go before the 2017 Kenya Open serves off, preparations are well underway. The junior and senior events are shaping up proper with select players already in camp.
The season’s premier event is set to begin on June 24 but the precursor juniors opens today at the Nairobi Club. So far about five countries have entered their lists including DR Congo, Zambia, Rwanda, Uganda and hosts Kenya.
Prior to the elite tournament however, Tennis Kenya will be sending a team of four ladies to Chisinau, Moldova for the Fed Cup on June 10. The team captained by Rosemary Owino will comprise Shufaa Changawa, Katarina Karanja, Sneha Kotecha and Judith Nkatha in the first foray of Kenyan players in the prestigious event inside three years.
The four have undergone serious training and would be hoping for a good run out in the Eastern Europe nation. Meanwhile, a further team of four junior players are currently in Malawi for the ITF/CAT 14 and Under Circuit, which runs until June 5.
Coach Veronica Osogo is leading the young group, which include clay court sensation Kael Shah, Mwendwa Mutuku and Dhruv Karia alongside the lone female starlet on the tour Nicole Agufana.
They join other Kenyans Derick Ominde and Angella Okutoyi who had earlier travell ed to the ITF East African Training Centre alongside coach Francis Rogoi.
This is a build-up to one leg of the same in Tunisia in late June before the African Junior Team Championships where Kenya will be represented by a 14-and-Under boys’ and girls’ team and boys’ 16 and under team.
Elsewhere the Tennis Kenya project of County Activation run by teachers accredited by the Association is ongoing. The dissemination exercise is set to take place in Garissa, Embu and Bungoma counties following Mombasa County. According to the organisers this plan is the only approach to build the sport.