NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
This year’s Kenya Open Tennis Tournament has
attracted players from three countries within the East African
region, organizers disclosed on Saturday.
The event has been
sponsored by Britam Insurance Company to the tune of 30,000 U.S.
dollars with a total prize money 13,500 dollars for the seniors
and trophies and medals for the juniors.
Rose Wanjala, the
tournament director for the event which will run between Sept.
15-22 in Nairobi, said that four players from Burundi, one
player each from Tanzania and Uganda, will join their Kenyan
counterparts to vie for the top honors.
“The event will be
preceded by the junior tournament which started today (Saturday)
and ends on Sunday for players between six years and 18 years,”
senior champion, Duncan Mugabe has confirmed participation in
the competition that he has won several times in the past and so
is Ismael Changawa, Kenya’s top seeded player.
Last year’s ladies’
winner, Natalie Coronel of Argentina has not confirmed
The winner in the
men’s category will carry home 900 dollars whereas his female
counterpart will walk away with 800 dollars, with the men’s and
ladies’ runners-up pocketing 500 dollars and 450 dollars