The 2022 BNP Paribas World Team Cup qualifiers served off on Thursday at the Megasary Tennis Academy in Antalya, turkey with the Kenya national wheelchair tennis team seeks to put on a better show.
The team safely landed in Turkey on Tuesday night after a month-long training in Nairobi, under coach Lawrence Karanja, prior to the departure.
“The training has been really productive and the players have gone through all the paces that we could have gone through and I think they are very well prepared now than they have ever been. I am confident that we will achieve the best results in Turkey and also strengthen our hopes of qualifying for the Olympics,” Karanja oozed optimism.
In last year’s edition that was staged in Vilamoura, Portugal, the Kenyan women’s team reached the semi-finals while their male counterparts crashed out in the quarters.
“Our performance last year was quite encouraging and I am confident this time around we can make it to the final and place among the top two,” head coach Peter Rakuom is quoted by The Star.
The games will run through to Monday, March 21 with Kenya keen on qualification.
The women’s team has been tipped to flourish at the qualifiers compared to their male counterparts, boasting of skipper Jane Ndenga, Patricia Mativo, Phoebe Masika, and the experienced Asiya Sururu.
“We do not know anything about the kind of opposition we will face in Turkey, we expect the event to be competitive because every team wants to go to Portugal, but we are confident of pulling good results,” Ndenga said.
The men’s team consists of Ibrahim Matano, Caleb Odipo, Itaken Timoi, John Wambua and Rajib Abdalla.