The championship will be preceded by the Britam Junior Tennis championship which will start this Saturday, the 8th of September to the 9th of September.
Under the Junior Category, Tennis Kenya has incorporated a section for Development which will target and accommodate youngsters playing in the 6 years and below, 8 years and below and 10 years and below beginner categories.
Britam Junior Open will have players participating in a maximum of three events within the 18 years, 16 years, 14 years, 12 years and 10 Years Singles and Doubles categories.
The County editions will be held after the main event instead of before as was in the previous years. Kenya Open will be used to activate the Counties for progressive tennis development.
We have however invited players to the Junior tournament from Counties that we have activated previously Embu, Nyeri, Malindi, Mombasa, Vihiga, Kakamega, Migori, Narok, Uasin Gishu and Nakuru counties.
Through this initiative and with support of local County organizers, the Association will establish centres from which the players can be trained and have regular competitions.
Britam Kenya Open Tennis Championship (15th to the 22nd ) will have the following categories:
• Ladies and Mens Singles
• Ladies and Mens Doubles
• Mixed Doubles
• Veteran Category (Players over 40 years of age)
• Handicap Category
• Wheelchair Competition – Singles and Doubles
The Defending Champions under the various categories are:
Mens Singles WINNER Duncan Mugabe (UGA)
Ladies singles WINNER Natalie Coronel (UGA)
Mens Doubles WINNER Edgar Kazembe (ZAM)/ Duncan Mugabe (UGA)
Ladies Doubles WINNER Sneha Kotecha (KEN) / Shufaa Changawa (KEN)
Mixed doubles WINNER Shufaa Changawa (KEN) / Ismael Changawa (KEN)
Handicap Events WINNER Achu Madheu (SUD)
Handicap Events WINNER Reuben Njuguna (KEN)
WheelChair events WINNER Collins Omondi (KEN)
WheelChair events WINNER Phoebe Masika (KEN)
Veterans >40yrs Ladies singles
WINNER Mary Wachira (KEN)
Veterans >40yrs Mens Singles
WINNER Sam Kipkoech (KEN)
Matches will be played at the Nairobi Club and Public Service Club.
The Referee the tournament is Patrick Kamuhia.
The Director of the tournament will be Rose Wanjala.
The Association will put aside Ksh. 1.35 million towards the Prize for the Seniors and Trophies and Medals for the Juniors.
The winners will get the following for their efforts:
Ladies Singles: Ksh. 80,000.00
Runner Up: Ksh. 45,000.00
Mens Singles: Ksh. 90,000.00
Runner Up: Ksh. 50,000.00
The Association has adopted a policy of distribution of the Prize money across all stages and levels of the tournament. There will be prize money for each of the rounds in the singles category including some for the qualifiers of the main draw. The aim is to encourage high participation.
Players are expected from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia, Congo, Burundi, Malawi and Southern Sudan. We are still receiving entries and we will announce them to the media at the close of entries.
Tied to the Kenya Open Senior Championships it can be noted that Kenya has qualified for Davis Cup Group II in 2019. Kenya Open will serve as a buildup event for our players to experience high competition ahead of the event.