by JOVICA ILIC
David Haggerty, the President of the ITF is currently on a very important visit to an African continent, commissioning the construction of the tennis training center at Moi, Kenya, a project worth of $10 million USD! This is another big step in the worldwide development of our sport and it serves as a huge opportunity for the upcoming youngsters in the entire region of East Africa to improve their game and reach the level of their coevals from the more developed tennis nations. Also, Haggerty has suggested that this complex could be used for the ATP and WTA events once it is completed and that would be another huge thing for the Kenyan sport in global and for the tennis on the African continent.
Accompanied by James Kenani (Kenya Tennis President), Tarak Cherif (Confederation of African Tennis President) and Patrick Gichira (The East Africa region Tennis) Haggerty promised all the possible help from the ITF organization and he praised the creation of the regional training base. The project should be built in five phases on a 10-acre ground and there will be 24 courts in total, meeting the requirements for organizing the various tennis events on all levels.
“I am happy to be in Kenya for the first time and elated too to open the East African Training Centre for the 18 and under. This is a fantastic way for Kenya to reach other nations and help grow the sport and unearth talents in the continent,” he said.
The ITF boss added: “With this center ready in five years time, Kenya stands a big chance of being the first African country to host the WTA and ATP. My office is willing to support this initiative financially. I have met several players and administrators and I am happy they are passionate and ready to take the game to the next level.”
First Published by Tennis World