Kenya’s top seeded tennis player, currently competing at the Karen Tennis Open, Ismael Changawa has plans to play professional tennis after school and is of the opinion that Kenyan tennis is work is in progress and more needs to be done to level global competitors.
“The federation is putting in work to raise standards but we are still lagging behind. Other players feature in tournaments almost every day and their federations are sponsoring different meets but Kenya is trying to get there too,” Changawa said.
The 21-year-old Business Management student in the USA was speaking on the sidelines of the ongoing tournament while receiving an award as the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) best sports personality for the month of November, becoming the fifth recipient of the StarTimes sponsored monthly award. He had an outstanding month winning the Rwanda Open after beating top seed Duncan Mugabe 6-1 6-2 in the final.
He did not drop a set throughout the tournament. A week later he won the Malawi Open after defeating Zambia’s Edgar Kazembe 6-2 7-5. Changawa won the Malawi Open men’s singles without dropping a set and partnered with Ibrahim Kibet to win the men’s doubles with a 6-1 6-4 win over the pair of Kazembe and Liberty Ndula. He walked away with a trophy, StarTimes 42 inch digital TV set and Sh 100, 000.