Three national tennis players will participate in this year’s Davis Cup tennis tournament due in the weekend of April 28 in Yerevan, Armenia.
Thierry Ntwali, the Tennis Federation Technical Director told Times Sport yesterday that the trio includes top seed Eric Hagenimana, Jean Claude Gasigwa and Dieudonne Habiyambere.
“Only the three will travel to Armenia this year’s Davis Cup. We are only taking the trio because they are the leading players in this country,” Ntwali said.
Hagenimana who has been on training stint in the United States of America is expected back in the country soon.
Second seed Gasigwa who is fresh from East African Money circuits expects to rely on the experience gained from the regional tournaments to put up a better performance this time round.
Habiyambere is undergoing non residential training at both Nyarutarama tennis club and Rugunga Cercle Sportif respectively ahead of the event. Meanwhile, Gasigwa, 26 who talked to Times Sport from Kenyan capital of Nairobi by phone yesterday said that his main focus is to embark on serious training after failing to win the Kenya Open title.
“I failed to reach the Kenya Open final and now my focus will turn to finding ways on how I can improve my game before the Davis Cup,” he stated.
Gasigwa, who won the Rwanda Money Circuit last month, lost to Kenya’s Francis Rogoi 3-6, 7-6 (6), 2-6 in the semi finals.
Rogoi lost to Zimbabwean Martin Dzuwa 6-4, 7-5 in the final played on Sunday in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.
However, Rwanda’s second seed is confident about his chances of doing a lot better in this year’s Davis Cup than the previous years. Kenyan players failed to clinch the KCB Kenya Open men’s title yet again after Martin Dzuwa of Zimbabwe won the finals at Nairobi Club.
Kenya was relying on top seed Allan Cooper and Rogoi but the pair failed to clinch any title for their motherland.
No Kenyan has won the Kenya Open men’s singles title since Norbert Oduor’s triumph in 2002.