Tennis champions to miss USA scholarship

SERENA AND VENUS WILLIAMS CHILDHOOD COACH IN MOMBASA Tennis players' twins Robert (left) and Amon Nzuki at Nyali International Hotel in Mombasa County. The brothers have been selected to go for the pro-world Tennis Academy in Florida, USA. Photo/Kelvin Karani

Robert Nzuki and Amon Nzuki are emerging double tennis players and have already won several matches nationally and internationally but are most likely to miss a scholarship chance in the USA due to lack of air tickets.

This year, the twins (19 years) won a training scholarship at Pro World Tennis Academy in Florida, USA, but are now appealing to well wishers to rekindle their glowing dreams.

“We wanted to succeed in education too so we paid more attention to our academics,” said Amon.

But after doing well in their final exams last year, the inseparable twin knew nothing would stop them from achieving their dreams of becoming some of the world’s best doubles.

True to their wishes, the 2016 Kenya Open winners caught the eye of famous coaches including Billy Murray who is famed for nurturing world's top stars who informed them about the scholarship.

“There’s nothing better than an idea whose time has finally come. We had dozens of plans on how we would build our dream and make our country proud,” said Robert.

The scholarship, however, did not cater for air tickets to and from the US.

“We were happy when a friend volunteered to pay our airfare,” said Amon.

However, as their dreams that at first seemed far fetched neared, so did it die down again.

Two days before their travel date which was set for July 18, the volunteer backed off.

“We are left watching our dreams slowly going down the drain,” said Robert.

Amon said their parents could not afford to pay their fare.

“We kept ourselves busy getting the visa and preparing for the journey. We knew everything was in place but now, we are losing the scholarship we worked so hard to win,” said Amon.

Through tennis, they got their scholarship to finish class seven and proceed with their high school at Malezi School.

“Our parents were struggling through with our fees, then we met a woman who offered us free training and helped us get a scholarship at Malezi School,” they said. [Akello Odenyo]

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