Lawn tennis whiz-kid Chisomo Lumeta will not have a break after taking part in the ongoing Southern Africa Junior Circuit Championships in Botswana as four more tourneys await him in the next two months.
The 15-year-old, who is based at the International Tennis Federation (ITF) High Performance Centre (HPC) in Morocco, returned home in December for a holiday, but he went straight into camp for the Botswana event that started on January 4.
He is representing Malawi along with Anderson Mdala, John Nkhoma, Remish Banda and Linda Msiska.
From South Africa, Lumeta will proceed to Tunisia for the ITF Juniors Tennis Club Hamman-Sousse Championships from January 28 to February 1. Later, from February, he will take part in the ITF Juniors Hammamet in the same country.
Then, he will travel to Morocco for another contest from February 10-15. In early March, he will be back in Morocco for the Under-18 African Junior Championships.
“It will be a tough challenge for me, but I will overcome because my stay at the HPC has taught me perseverance. This is also an opportunity for me to enhance my ranking on the ITF ratings,” said Lumeta before travelling to Botswana last Wednesday.
Currently, Lumeta is on position 468 on the ITF rankings which has 2 314 registered junior players. He moved at least 900 steps up in the last six months.
Before the HPC relocated from South Africa a few months ago, Lumeta was participating in almost 20 competitions per year, but now he is assured of more events since Moroco is close to Europe where most tennis competitions are held.
Lumeta, who has been in the HPC since 2009 when he won a scholarship, has been on a month-long holiday.
According to Lawn Tennis Association of Malawi (Ltam) president Francis Mwansa, they would try to expose more young talents to international contests so that at least four local athletes can have a chance of being roped into the HPC like Lumeta.