ITF Futures – Tunisia
Hello, my name is Bayani Moilwa, I appreciate you taking out a few of your minutes to check out my profile.
I am a professional tennis player from Gaborone, Botswana. I have been playing tennis for more than 15 years and I believe that I have not tapped into my full potential yet.
My current National Ranking is number 4 and I have recently represented Botswana at the Davis Cup competition held in Madagascar.
As a junior, locally I won countless trophies and medals, and internationally I made it to the Zimbabwe-Junior ITF Futures U16 quarter-finals.
In 2015, I played South Africa ITF Futures and my best result was a quarter-final in doubles. I also played Botswana Closed in November 2015, where I again made it to the quarter finals in singles and the finals in doubles.
My current ambition is to improve my ranking by increasing my ITF Futures competitions. I want to climb up the rankings and make myself felt on the international stage and I think that even with 7-8 ITF Futures appearances per year I can do that.
To make it in tennis one needs to train, regularly play ITF Futures, ATP Challengers, or at least consistantly participate at high level tournaments, but unfortunately here in Botswana we have not reached that level.
At the moment we do not have enough players competing to justify hosting high level tournaments regularly, and there is lack of tennis funding on top of that.
High level tournaments, such as futures, are extremely scarce in South African, this means we have to travel to North Africa and beyond to regularly compete.
It is a very expense exercise and we all struggle to find enough tennis funding to even play regularly with new tennis balls, so for our association to sponsor us to play 25-30 ITF Futures (which is the prefered number of tournaments to play) per year is almost impossible.
Where you come in
I do manage to fund myself here and there, and my close family has assisted me with flight expenses, but unfortunately they can only do so much and I’m hoping now that you, my friends and supporters, African tennis fans, and tennis backers can help me boost my tennis funding.
I truly believe that playing 7-8 ITF Futures this year will put me on the road to achieving real results and my first plan to to play Futures in Tunisia throughout October. plead with you all to kindly assist me, as i am attempting to play futures in Tunisia during the month of October.
With the current struggle we are having, I am fighting to prove the odds. I am hungry to push though, to do the extraordinary, and show our junior players that anything can be achieved through hard work.
Having recently participated at Davis Cup level, I believe that it’s not down to a lack of skill that I’m not achieving my full potential, but a lack of opportunities to compete at a high level regularly. I believe that I possess the right game and attitude to excel at tennis on an international level.
So, still and always training hard for Botswana tennis, I plead with you to believe in me. Any assistance at this point would be highly appreciated.
Thank you for your support