This week’s BNP Paribas World Team Cup Africa Qualification, which will take place at the Nairobi Club in Kenya, will be contested by six men’s teams and five women’s teams representing a total of six countries.
Nairobi welcomes the return of the regional qualifier for the ITF’s flagship wheelchair tennis team event- a four-day competition, which begins on Thursday, 14th February.
The winners of the men’s and women’s events will earn qualification for the 2019 BNP Paribas World Team Cup, which is being held in Israel for the first time this year, from 13-18 May.
Nigeria tops the seeding for the men’s event, for which this six nations start the competition in two pools of three. Nigeria plays South Africa and Rwanda in Pool 1, while Kenya, Ghana and Tanazania are in Pool 2.
South Africa tops the seeding for the women’s event and is drawn in Pool 1 alongside Nigeria. Kenya, Ghana and Tanzania are drawn in Pool 2 in the women’s event.
Kenya and Tanzania have contested the last two women’s finals at the Africa Qualification, with Kenya seeking a hat-trick of victories this year.
For both the men’s and women’s competitions the top two nations in each pool after three days of round-robin competition will go on to contest Sunday’s finals to decide which teams will qualify for the 2019 BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Israel.
In 2018, Morocco emerged triumphant at men’s edition after beating Egypt 3-0 in the final.
In the Americas qualifiers held two weeks ago, Colombian women’s and US men’s teams made it to the finals.
The Asian qualifiers will take place between 1 and 4 March, while that of the Europeans will hold from 2-6 April.