Monday, September 5, 2016

Impressive tennis at Sadili 8-Series Junior Tennis Challenge No. 6

Fifty-nine junior tennis players converged at Sadili Oval Sports Academy on Saturday 3rd September 2016 for the Sadili 8-Series Junior Tennis Challenge no. 6 for U6, U8, U10 and U12. Despite the cold weather in Nairobi, high quality tennis was seen in all the matches.  

This was a free-entry tournament, open for everyone, with a majority of the participants drawn from Sadili’s Court of Dreams project. There were a total of 8 events and 12 draws played in all the 7 tennis courts at Sadili Oval. 

The tournament, run under a Sadili/International Inspiration partnership, was sponsored by Wilson Sporting Goods, Sadili Oval and Comic Relief among others.

This time Sadili staff were lucky to have experienced volunteer coaches from the USA, Kent Smith and Christine Smith joining them as referees. The volunteer coaches have been spending their afternoons at the Kibera Tennis Court teaching tennis to kids.


In the under 6 boys’ category, seed Fred Ramsey carried the day after beating Eugene Michael in the finals, with Naomi Wanjiku trouncing Lorraine Adongo to win the under 6 girls’ singles.

Talented Angela Alwanga for the third time in a row proved to be the strongest in the under 8 girls’ category beating Michelle Atieno in the finals, while Stephen Kigunzi beat Brian Odhiambo to claim victory in the boys’ under 8 category.

In the under 10 boys’ category, Patel Ambecha emerged winner after beating Samuel Otieno in the finals, while Emi Imani dominated the under 10 girls’ category defeating Dorothy Achieng in the finals.

Edwin Ochieng lifted the under 12 boys’ category after a tough battle with rival seed Edward Odogo in the finals, while Fanice Asengo Thrashed Terryann Njeri in the Girl’s Under 12.

To view the detailed final results please click on the link below:

The day was then topped off with lunch for all the kids and some refreshing beverages. 

Tournament organisers who are also Sadili staff were happy with the successful weekend and are now looking forward to the next tournament: Sadili 8-Series Junior Tennis Challenge No. 7 in early October. 

The Sadili 8- Series Junior Tennis Challenge is a tournament for U6, U8, U10 & U12 kids (all levels), with Tennis Africa Cup ranking. It is intended to encourage beginner-intermediate juniors to play competitions.

We’re grateful to everyone who helped to make this day a success, and especially to our volunteer coaches who came all the way from the United States to train tennis to kids and support our activities.

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