April 14, 2024

Okutoyi now eyeing Paris Olympics

Okutoyi now eyeing Paris Olympics
File Photo

Fresh from winning the ITF Monastir W15 Women’s Doubles on 15 July, the 19-year-old says that being at the Olympics would mean everything to her.

Two-time African tennis champion and Wimbledon doubles star Angela Okutoyi has her sights set firmly on writing another piece of history for Kenya's tennis by playing at the Olympics.

On Saturday 9 July 2022, Okutoyi put Kenya on the global map when she went down into the history books as she lifted the 2022 Wimbledon Girls' Doubles title to become the first ever Kenyan player to win any Grand Slam Tournament.

Making her third appearance in a major tennis tournament then, the Kenyan youngster, together with her Dutch partner Rose Marie Nijkamp, defeated the Canadian pair of Kayla Cross and Victoria Mboko 3-6, 6-4 (11-9) to lift the Junior Girls’ Doubles title

"I have a lot of accomplishments, a two-time African champion and a Wimbledon doubles champion being top of that list. However, qualifying for the Olympics will be a big dream come true for me," she said I'm a video shared by National Olympics Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) on their Team Kenya social media platforms.

Fresh from winning the ITF Monastir W15 Women’s Doubles on 15 July, the 19-year-old says that being at the Olympics would mean everything to her.

"From when I was young, especially in school,  everyone would talk about how big the Games are and how being an Olympian would change one's life and career in whichever field they are in," she narrates. "Qualifying would not only help me achieve my dreams in tennis but also put Kenyan tennis on the world stage."

The main qualifying criterion will be the players' positions on the ATP and WTA ranking lists published on 10 June 2024. To be eligible, the players must satisfy the key criteria as part of the nominated team in two Billie Jean King Cup (women) or Davis Cup (men) events between Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024.

 

For the singles, the top 56 players in the world rankings on 10 June 2024 of the WTA and ATP tours will qualify for the Olympics, respecting the four-player limit per NOC and gender.

Those ranked outside the top 56 and from NOCs with less than four entries are permitted to compete. There are is a slot reserved for the Africa Games, Asian Games and Pan America champions.

" Qualifying for the  Games would also make me the first Kenyan tennis player to be an Olympian," Okutoyi continued. "It would help me show Kenyan kids that how one begins their journey doesn't determine the ending."