Sh10 million was recently sourced by Tennis Kenya for the construction of the two public tennis courts at Moi stadium which is in Kasarani.
David Haggerty, president of the International Tennis Federation, and former president Uhuru Kenyatta commissioned the facility four years ago.
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However, bureaucracy and lengthy delays caused construction to stall, but finally, according to TK officials, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
The funding for the construction of the two public tennis courts at Moi stadium
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) will also provide a similar amount to the project. This is according to TK President James Kenani.
10 acres were allocated to Tennis Kenya by the Kenyan government in 2015, and Sports Kenya signed the contracts in 2021.
100 tennis players will practice and play in the facility, according to Kenani, once it is completed. He said that having public tennis courts in the country has long been a cherished goal.
The federation’s centenary celebrations will include the use of the public tennis courts. He claimed that with the facility, the country will surely unearth many more stars.
He also said that this is a chance for players from disadvantaged backgrounds who can’t afford to play at the member clubs.
Initially, 24 courts were to be constructed at a cost of Sh400-600 million. Kenani stated they will only build two in the first phase.
The first court should be complete by the middle of next year, he continued. They are hoping that by January they can get the paperwork and start construction.
The two courts will have hard surfaces. According to TK secretary general Wanjiku Mbugua Karani, Kenyan teams for the Davis Cup and Billie Jean King Cup would train there once the facility is complete.
Karani continued that it would provide them an opportunity to train at the facilities. It will also allow them prepare for international assignments. Karani stated that the ITF was keen for the country to start having public tennis courts.