In Summary
  • Rwanda, Tanzania, Morocco and Mauritius will alongside the hosts battle for the sole ticket available to the top men and women’s nation at the end of the competition on Sunday.
  • This year’s World Cup will be held in Apeldoorn, Netherlands from May 28 to June 3.

Kenya will be looking for a good start as the International Tennis Federation (ITF) BNP Paribas Wheelchair World Team Cup African qualifiers get underway Thursday morning at the Nairobi Club.

Rwanda, Tanzania, Morocco and Mauritius will alongside the hosts battle for the sole ticket available to the top men and women’s nation at the end of the competition on Sunday. This year’s World Cup will be held in Apeldoorn, Netherlands from May 28 to June 3.

The Kenyan men’s team will be eyeing a maiden World Cup appearance, while their women’s counterparts are seeking a third show at the global showpiece after qualifying in 2014 and 2017.

The hosts will need to overcome stiff opposition especially from Morocco and Tanzania who have formidable players.

Morocco’s top seed Najwa Awane Wednesday defeated home player Phoebe Masika 6-2, 6-4 in the Nairobi Open final, a warm-up event for the qualifiers.

And Masika says they will need to improve if they are to overcome Morocco and seal a third World Cup appearance.

“Morocco has good players who are well exposed and that proved the difference in the final. Our preparations have not been ideal but we are on home soil and promise to give our all,” Maskia said.

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