- Last year, the Commonwealth Games 100m champion partnered with double Wimbledon junior tennis champion Angela Okutoyi to organise an event that attracted over 120 kids.
- Omanyala stated that he is driven by the desire to inspire the upcoming generation of players, and he aims to challenge the common belief Kenyans have that success is solely linked to academic achievements
The second edition of the Ferdinard Omanyala tournament is scheduled for this Saturday at Nairobi Club and promises thrills.
Last year, the Commonwealth Games 100m champion partnered with double Wimbledon junior tennis champion Angela Okutoyi to organize an event that attracted over 120 kids.
Omanyala, who is the Junior Tennis Initiative (JTI) ambassador said his involvement in such events is driven by the desire to inspire the upcoming generation of players.
He said his long-term plan is to challenge the common belief that success is solely linked to academic achievements
"Making it out there doesn't necessarily mean one has to excel in class. I look at my achievements so far for instance and frankly, the reality is the opposite. He said there are so many stones unturned in regard to the exploration of talents. The event will feature Under-six, eight, and 10-year categories. Expressing his motivation to contribute to the community, Omanyala emphasized his commitment to nurturing genuine talent among children of their age
The sprinter also added: "My motive behind all this is basically to give back to the community. It's such a good feeling to support kids of this age bracket because they are willing to learn and it's the right age to nurture talent.”
“The junior tennis initiative is a JTF program aimed at increasing participation for all. As an ambassador of JTI Kenya, I want to inspire the next generation of tennis champions through the tennis tournament. Come and join us as we create memorable experiences, ”he concluded.
The entry fee for the event will be Sh1000.