ITF Haggerty set to tour Kenya
The President of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Mr. David Haggerty is set to tour Kenya on a two day working visit on his tour of the African continent. Haggerty who In his third year as ITF President,Haggerty will arrive in Nairobi on Tuesday, 24th April, 2018.
During his trip, the President will be joined by representatives from the ITF London office who shall include Mr. Frank Couraud, the Project Administrator as well as Mr. Amine Ben Makhlouf who is the ITF Development Officer for Africa. The team is expected to preside over the opening of the ITF East African Training Centre residence at 12 Masaba Road where elite players from Africa reside and receive an education. The players receive on court instruction from ITF Certified Coaches under the tutelage of the ITF Development Officer for the East African region, Mr. Thierry Ntwali at Nairobi Club.Haggerty is seeking to follow on with the vision he brought on board when he joined the mother body of Tennis. His was to empower continental, regional and national associations to build the sport of tennis by their own initiative and locally thought out projects.
The Confederation of African Tennis (CAT), the body in charge of Tennis in Africa shall be represented during this auspicious occasion by its President, Mr. Tarak Cherif who will be welcomed in the country by his Vice President and Chair of CAT in the East African region, Dr. Patrick Gichira. The contingent shall be hosted by Tennis Kenya’s President Mr. James Kenani during the duration of their stay in Kenya.
In a tightly packed schedule, Mr. Haggerty will be briefed by Tennis Kenya’s officials on the status of the sport in the country on the morning of 25th April, 2018. Members of the fourth estate are cordially invited to attend this session that will lay bare the efforts that are ongoing to bring the sport of Tennis in Kenya to a pedestal it has not stood on before. The President of ITF, guests and members of the press shall be hosted to a breakfast meeting straight on the back of showcasing Tennis Kenya’s depth in talent in on court sessions at Nairobi Club.
Mr. Haggerty is expected to also visit the National Olympic Committee of Kenya and the site of Tennis Kenya’s National Training Centre – Kasarani before an expected meeting with the Head of State. He shall then preside over the official opening of the ITF East African Training Centre residence before departing for Rwanda accompanied by Tennis Kenya’s President and Honorary Secretary Mrs. Wanjiru Mbugua - Karani to attend the Confederation of African Tennis Annual General Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda.