Two Malawi junior tennis champions are set to take part in a tennis tournament that will pull together several Southern African countries in Kenya next month.
The two players based in Northern Region are Lamesh Banda in the boys category and Linda Msiska in the girls.
Banda and Msiska emerged champion in an Under-10 Saved by the Ball tournament sponsored by Farmer Word at K650,000
Tennis coach for Mzuzu Chrispin Kaunda confirmed an interview saying the tournament has been organised by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and has attracted, among others, Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania and the host Kenya.
“We are very proud to have produced junior tennis players who emerged champions at national level and now are on course to represent the nation at an international tournament,” said Kaunda.
“This is a junior circuit tennis tournament which would be described as another version of the French Open or Wimbledon Open. We are hopeful that our representatives will perform miracles at the tournament given the level of training we send them through.”
Kaunda identified their training strategy, which he said focuses on discipline and hard work in school and encouragement to attend church services, as the key to the unprecedented success for the two national champions, who are both aged 10.