Tennis captain Sanjay Chokshi told the ?Sunday News? in Dar es Salaam yesterday preparations are on top gear. He said his committee has confirmed the date of the tournament and thanked sponsor Joseph Tango for his generous support in developing the game through the junior rank.

The two-day competition will involve juniors who will be battling it out in the boys and girls U-18, U-14, U-12, U-10 and U-8 categories. Sanjay said they expect about 80 to 100 juniors from four regions to register for the event.

?We expect many juniors from Arusha, Morogoro, Kilimanjaro and hosts Dar es Salaam to turn up for the prestigious tournament,? he said.

He said the event is open to juniors but, as usual, they expect players from local clubs only as they did not extend invitation outside.

Sanjay said tournaments like this are important to improve the standard of the game in the country and identify talent. He said invitations have been sent to Arusha Gymkhana Club, Kijitonyama Tennis Club of Dar es Salaam, Morogoro Gymkhana Club, Moshi Gymkhana Club and hosts DGC.

?We have a lot of juniors who are undergoing tennis development programmes and this will be a good chance for them to realise their dreams. Players will battle it out in singles and doubles events during the tournament. Sanjay is happy to see the annual event that could not take place last year for several reasons is back this year.

?I want to thank my committee and tournament director Inger Njau for doing a good job to get a sponsor for the event,? he said. Tango, who is also the Tanzania Golf Union (TGU) vice-chairman, has been sponsoring the event for the past four years.

By MBONILE BURTON, Tanzania Daily News

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