KENYANS PSYCHED UP

Africa world wheelchair tennis qualifiers moved to Portugal

Kenya will be represented by the experienced Jane Ndenga , Phoebe Masika and Asiya Sururu in the women's category.

In Summary

•Over 300 players will represent their nations for the chance to be crowned BNP Paribas World Team Cup champions in 2021, starting at the qualification event.

•The event will see four women teams qualify with two men's teams also earning their tickets to the global event slated for Sardinia, Italy in October.

Jane Ndenga in action during a training session at Nairobi Club
Jane Ndenga in action during a training session at Nairobi Club
Image: ERICK BARASA

Africa world wheelchair tennis qualifiers earlier slated for next month here in Kenya have been moved to Portugal due to Covid-19 pandemic.

The African qualifiers, traditionally held in Kenya every February of the year, will this time round be held in May and will be combined with European.

The event will see four women teams qualify with two men's teams also earning their tickets to the global event slated for Sardinia, Italy in October.

Kenya will be represented by the experienced Jane Ndenga, Phoebe Masika and Asiya Sururu in the women's category while Gilbert Lumumba, Rajib Abdalla and Peter Munuve will fly the country's flag in the men's cadre. 

National women's team has qualified for the World Cup twice while their male counterparts will be seeking to qualify for the first time.

In an interview, Munuve was optimistic of the country's chances to qualify this time round. “We have come close a couple of times, having finished third in the past two years," added Munuve. 

However, Ndenga said they can't afford to underestimate the rest of the competition for the event. “This year will be different considering both the Africana and European teams are chasing qualifying slots,” he added. 

Over 300 players will represent their nations for the chance to be crowned BNP Paribas World Team Cup champions in 2021, starting at the qualification event.

The automatic qualifiers for the World Team Cup World Group event are Great Britain, France, Japan, Argentina, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, USA, Korea Rep and Brazil. Four qualifiers and two wild cards will complete the 16-team field.

In the women's category, the qualified teams are—Netherlands, Japan, Great Britain, South Africa, China PR, USA, Thailand and Colombia with four qualifiers completing the 12-team field.