National Junior Tennis Coordinator Hackson Mwethiwa has said the country is struggling to produce outstanding youngsters due to lack of resources.
“We have a lot of promising athletes who can perform better if well supported. We need proper equipment,” he said.
Mwethiwa also called for, both local and international participation in tournaments to help young players gain exposure.
“If we can stage more tournaments locally and participate in international junior circuits our players will not be the same. Players’ form improves by participation in tournaments,” he said.
Mwethiwa said Malawi has some exciting youngsters who can emulate United States based Chisomo Lumeta.
“We just need to provide them with the right environment to hone their skills to become better players,” he said.
Lawn Tennis Association of Malawi (LTAM) acting General Secretary Regina Dembo concurred with Mwethiwa saying International Tennis Federation (ITF) Development Officer Tapiwa Masunga spotted some players.
“Unfortunately this year we don’t have tournaments due to Covid-19 pandemic. Otherwise some of those players which Tapiwa [Masunga] identified would have represented the nation at international junior circuits,” she said.
Dembo called for support saying funds from the government, through Malawi National Council of Sports, were not enough.
“We need other partners to complement what we get from Sports Council. In the past we used to have Coca- Cola Foundation and Banja La Mtsogolo tournaments. In recent times we have had the likes of Sparc Systems and Mdina supporting tennis,” she said.