Mzuzu-based tennis academy Saved by The Ball (SBB) has secured the services of an Italian tennis coach Egon Taschler for six months. He has Grade-One Italian Tennis Federation Coaching Certificate.
“We were looking for a highly qualified coach equipped with tactical and technical skills to drill our students, fortunately our efforts paid and we got Taschler,” said the SBB director.
Mfune said the coach will offer his services for free.
He said what was more pleasing was that Taschler has come at a time when the athletes are preparing for Puma Energy National Tennis Championship scheduled for Country Club Limbe on October 8.
Speaking at Mzuzu Golf Club after conducting his first training session, Taschler said when he learnt about Malawi’s potential tennis talent, he thought it wise to come and assist in nurturing it further.
He claims to have produced European tennis star Yannick Sinner.
“I am happy to be part and parcel of people that are nurturing tennis talent in Malawi. I learnt about the tennis potential in Malawi from a friend who visited SBB.
“As professional and experienced tennis coach, I am looking forward to good results. It is my hope that athletes in Mzuzu will fully utilise my presence and enhance their tennis talents,” said Taschler.
Lawn Tennis Association of Malawi (Ltam) general secretary Christopher Kachale thanked SBB for their creativity to secure such a professional coach.
“His presence will provide the sport another shape and go a long way in deepening our athletes winning strategies. Special thanks to SBB for its efforts to bring in such a coach,” said Kachale.