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Arusha Gymkhana dominate junior tennis championships

The hosts’ juniors dominated all but two boys and girls events. They excelled in U-8, U-10, U-12, U-14, and U-18 categories in the two-day annual tournament.

The event brought together 56 juniors -- 35 boys and 21 girls -- from Moshi, Morogoro, Dar es Salaam and Arusha, but the battle ended in favour of the hosts, who effectively capitalised on the home ground advantage to overshadow their rivals.

Dar es Salaam’s Roxanne Kipungu was among two players out of Arusha to win titles. She triumphed in the girls U-8 category in which host Asha Ally emerged runner-up.

Roxanne also finished second to Fei Amon in the U-10. Jacqueline Kayuga was the second player from Dar es Salaam to win a title. She took home the first prize in the girls U-12, beating host Ester Nankulange to second place.

One of the tournament coordinators, Nicolas Jonas, said they were forced to allow girls to feature in two categories because they were few. “We decided to lift the ban as girls were very few. As you can see, we missed them in the U-14 category,” said Jonas, who is also AGC coach.

The boys U-8 title went to Hafizi Ally as Joachim Paul finished second. Leonard Anton took the boys U-10 title as Diego Luna came second. The boys U-12 winner was Deogratus Felex while Yusufu Laurent finished runner-up. Hassan Hamisi won the boys U-14 title, beating Ransi Felix to second place.

The hosts also dominate all four positions in both the boys and girls U-18 events. Adela Abraham triumphed in the girls category followed by Norah Soul while Frank Menard lifted the boys title at the expense of Goodluck Shelemo.

Jonas said that AGC were well prepared and no wonder they dominated the tournament.

“The tournament was good and the competition was high, but we managed to do what we did due to intensive training and the players were fantastic,” he said.

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