Presidential tennis for registered players only
Only registered tennis players would be allowed to take part in the Presidential Initiative on Sports championship, the Lawn Tennis Association has disclosed.
The two-day championship is set to start today at Lilongwe Golf Club and over 40 players are expected to compete.
LTAM general secretary, Christopher Kachale, said they introduced annual K1,000 registration fee to recognise players that are active in a particular season.
“The membership is to give players some sort of ownership. Everywhere players or teams are supposed to pay registration fees to show their commitment to the tournament. Besides that, the registration fees is on the lower side,” he said.
Kachale said paid-up members enjoy some privileges as they are notified about local and international events in advance.
Meanwhile, LTAM media executive, Tadala Kandulu, said they have introduced good prizes for this year’s Presidential tennis tournament to motivate players to give out their best.
“Much as we encourage the players to play for the love of the sport, we also feel that the right prizes would motivate them to impress and improve their game,” she said.
The national championship will draw players from the four main tennis centres; Blantyre, Zomba, Lilongwe and Mzuzu.
The players would battle in singles, doubles and mixed doubles events in both men and women categories.
Men’s champion will receive K100,000 with the runner up pocketing K70,000 while third-placed player would get K50,000.
In ladies category, the winner will receive K90,000 with the runner-up pocketing K60,000. The third-placed player would get K40,000. Men’s doubles champion would get K50,000 while the runner-up would receive K30,000. The ladies doubles winner will receive K40,000 with K20,000 for the runner-up.
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