Serena Williams Wants WTA Tournament Brought to Kenya

  • Serena Williams, arguably the world's best tennis player, has backed a proposal to have a Womens Tennis Association (WTA) Tour event held for the first time in Africa, specifically in Kenya.

    In an interview with BBC Sport, Serena stated that she had given the idea some thought and believed 'it was amazing', further describing Kenya as 'one of her favorite places to go'.

    She also noted that having such a tournament in Africa would give greater exposure to talented players from the continent.

    "It is something I have thought about and I would like to keep thinking about it. I'm glad you brought it up because I think it would be amazing. It would be so fun - the help that we could do, and the awareness and the athletes and the amazing players that would come out of Africa would just be unbelievable," Serena stated.

    She disclosed that she would want the tournament held in Kenya, stating:" It's one of my favorite places to go, so why not?"

    [caption caption="Serena Williams during her 2010 trip to Kenya"][/caption]

    The Women's Tennis Association (WTA), founded in 1973, is the principal organizing body of women's professional tennis.

    It also runs the WTA Tour which is the worldwide professional tennis tour for women.

    Serena has been in Kenya twice for various charity missions, and has helped build 2 secondary schools.

    In November 2008, she opened Serena Williams Matooni Secondary School in Makueni.

    2 years later, she commissioned Serena Williams Wee Secondary School in conjuction with organizations such as Hewlett-Packard (HP).

    [caption caption="Serena Williams with Fatuma Daudi and Lonzi at the Serena Williams Secondary School in Makueni County in 2008. (Courtesy)"][/caption]