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Lawn Tennis Association of Malawi (LTAM) has pleaded for more funding, saying help from the government alone is not enough to develop the sport.

LTAM General Secretary, Stan Kaunda, made the remarks after hosting a tournament at Country Club Limbe in Blantyre over the weekend.

Bolivian Mercia Henne supported the tournament at the Malawi National Tennis Centre located at the club.

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Before the tournament, over 30 players underwent a special coaching clinic.

Kaunda said there was need for the corporate world to assist the government in supporting tennis.

He then hailed Henne’s family for supporting the tournament which will run for three weeks.

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Henne said they supported the sport after realising that most junior players seldom participate in competitions.

“They hardly play so we decided to pump in something. We also bought 26 pairs of shoes which we distributed to the players. Another reason we decided to support tennis was that we wanted our son [Jayden] to interact with his friends,” she said.

One of the youngsters, George Napoleon, hailed LTAM and Henne for supporting the tournament.

“This is where we are able to practice what we have learnt. It is our dream to compete in national tournaments,” he said.

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