In the history of tennis in Kenya, 1992 stands out as the best year. Kenyans defeated Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Cote d’1voire to get promoted to Euro / Africa Division I.
ln Kenya, after a retreat from the international game, new initiatives such as the ‘Tennis for Africa Cup’ are encouraging more young players onto the court. Although never at the top of the tennis field, Kenya produced stars such as Patil Wekesa, who during the 1980s and 1990s competed in the All Africa Games, the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.
At the height of his career, he was ranked 100th in the world by the Association of Tennis Professionals. The country was also, up until 2005, sending national teams to the Davis Cup and Fed Cup. That yearn Coast champion Christian Vitulli was the top ranked junior African player, reaching the quarter finals of the Australian Open Juniors and Wimbledon Junior Doubles.
Due to lack of public facilities and coaching, the percentage of young people taking up tennis is small, and those who do make the grade usually end up leaving Kenya for greener courts as soon as they possibly can. As a first barrier to entry, the majority of playable tennis courts are in private members’ clubs.