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United Kingdom-based tennis coach Joanne Trataris has called for more support to tennis if the sport is to develop in Malawi.

Trataris is running a 12-day refresher course for coaches and junior players at Blantyre Sports Club (BSC).

The course will finish on Sunday.

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She said tennis, just like any other sport, requires more money to develop.

“You need money to buy rackets, nets, shoes and pay the ball-boys. Without money, this sport cannot grow. So, we need money from the private sector as well,” said Trataris, who coaches Glan Aber Tennis Club in the UK.

Trataris, who spent most of her childhood in Malawi, said she was motivated returning to Malawi for the tennis lessons.

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“I lived in Malawi during my childhood in 1980s and I took an active role in hockey, golf and tennis at Blantyre Sports Club. That is why I decided to return and support tennis,” she said.

BSC Marketing Manager, Mercy Kanjo, said the tennis coaching initiative was targeting club members and the wider community.

“Joanne is a UKCC4 tennis coach, UK DBS checked, First Aid qualified and is licensed with the Lawn Tennis Association and has many years of experience. This is why we partnered her to develop tennis,” she said.

BSC coaches Hackson M’methiwa, Julius Taulo, James Matewere and Allan Alidi are also attending refresher courses whereas tennis ball-boys and hitting partners have been included in a Leaders Course.

“BSC believes that while giving back to the community, these courses will help the tennis personnel to enhance and develop their knowledge and skill, thereby making the club a better facility to be coached from,” Kanjo said.

“Through this initiative, generous sponsorship from fundraising by Joanne, Mac Steel and BSC assistance has enabled the tennis section to refurbish the fencing on the courts and the general maintenance of the clay courts.”

She added that BSC hopes this exposure to tennis will encourage new members to join the club.

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