Tennis whiz kid Chisomo Lumeta’s dreams of becoming a first Malawi professional tennis player have received a major boost after being offered a scholarship at one the United States of America leading institutions, Seminole State College.
In a letter addressed to Lawn Tennis Association of Malawi (LTAM) president and signed by technical director of African Tennis/African Development Centre, Amine Ben Makhlouf, Lumeta has graduated from High Performance Centre in Morocco.
However, Lumeta and LTAM must raise US$ 7000 (about K3,2 million) to utilise the scholarship.
“It is my pleasure to announce to you that Chisomo has been graduated and offered 70% scholarship to Seminole State College,” the letter reads in part.
“Seventy percent means almost all the college fees have been covered but still needs 7000 US$ to register.”
Makhlouf asked LTAM if they would be able to raise the shortfall.
“The reason why I am asking if he has any sponsor who can help him in Malawi or try to look for another 100% scholarships in a lower level college.
“Once the decision is taken, Chisomo has to go back to Malawi to start preparing his Visa procedure and registration to go to the States by mid-August,” the letter reads.
LTAM general secretary Christopher Kachale said it was a life time opportunity for Lumeta as he would now take tennis as a career.
“He is the first Malawian tennis athlete to achieve this and will open door for a lot of up-and-coming athletes. Going to USA on a tennis scholarship for a male athlete is no mean achievement. He will eventually be able to make a living out of this, a better living for that matter,” he said.
Kachale said Lumeta was among millions, rated 465 in the world.
“Just last week he lost in the semifinals of Clemence ITF grade three tournaments in both singles and doubles in Algeria,” he said.
Lumeta was last year named Nedbank brand ambassador after penning a two-year deal which is worthy over K3 million.
Initially, Lumeta won the first scholarship in 2009 at the age of 12 after dominating the Southern Africa Junior Circuit held in Pretoria, South Africa where he won two gold medals out of three tournaments.
The ITF Training Centre then relocated from Pretoria to Morocco two years ago.
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