Sheil Kotecha has had brilliant consistency lately with the sole aim of raking up more points in the ITF Junior rankings. Following what has been a successful seven months, the teen tennis prodigy is catching quite some attention.
Only two days ago, he added onto his already impressive resume a hard fought but important 6-4, 6-4 win over Egyptian Abdullah Fouad at the ITF Junior Circuit held at Nairobi Club.
Tennis Analysts suggest the 17-year-old player has his humility and hard work to thank for and see him going places with his fledgling career. Seeded first in this last tournament, his decisiveness and discipline won it for him games often.
Coach Rosemary Owino attributed the youngster’s surge on having focus on getting better. “It becomes easy to train a player who is focused and determined to grow. Sheil is hardworking and never rests on his laurels.
He goes into matches with his head always held up,” she says. Kotecha who was runner-up last week in a titanic finale against Ugandan Duncan Mugabe in the Britam Kenya Open has always fashioned himself as a risk taker but his composure often wins it for him.
Rwanda-based tactician Lawrence Karanja believes with players of Kotecha’s ilk, the sky remains the limit. “He (Sheil) is paving way for the new breed of players from the region who have remarkable potential.
He listens and implements whatever he is told. His graph can only improve from this point,”says the Coach who has also worked with sibling former Kenya Champions Ismael and Shufaa Changawa.
Even as he awaits the next leg of action at the same venue, Kotecha is remaining calm and modest. “In my view,it is all about trying to work better and gain experience from matches.