27 April 2012

Tanzania: Lawn Tennis Association Under Fire

AS the number of tennis players and enthusiasts increase in triple digits across the country, stakeholders are pressing for a constitutional change but also a complete overhaul of the local tennis governing body, TTA.

And despite the efforts already underground to increase access for the tennis game as in the Five Year Tennis Development Plan, there is a general feeling that little is being done to inject a winning formula among local players.

While the TTA remains optimistic for a huge fortune in the near future, thus preaching patience up to the core, stakeholders are expressing their dissatisfaction with the way tennis development projects are being handled, saying a more committed dedication for change remains a requirement.

The call underscores on the growing desire for a strong foundation for tennis development especially coming a fortnight after local

junior tennis entourage collapsed in the Egyptian capital, Cairo at the 2012 season of African Junior Championship (AJC), John Bura, who traveled to Cairo with the national junior tennis team and watched in bewilderment as the players went down limping in the first round of the 10-day clay court expedition, noted it was important the association opened up to new ideas.

Speaking in Dar es Salaam during an interview with the 'Daily News,' Bura emphasized that the association needed to explore the failures and formulate a strategy for future tennis development. Through the BQ Contractors Limited, Bura is the sole sponsor of the annual BQ Junior Tennis Open Championship and wants to be part of a winning tennis nation when he says:

"Every year we support players for international competitions and they come back empty handed. This is very sad considering the quality of talents at our disposal. Something should be done to bring quality changes in the way the players are prepared. Again, it is important that the association expands to build an all involving tennis development team."

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