ZIMBABWE’S top-seeded Under 18 tennis female player Wendy Rudhu has
been awarded a full scholarship at Bluefield College in West Virginia in the United States of America.
She left for the United States on Thursday last week.
Wendy was spotted during the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Circuit held in Harare late last year by United States-based Zimbabwean coach Thabani Sithole who recommended her to a couple of coaches, including Bluefield College coach Louis Belt, who decided to take her on board.
The 18-year-old Camelot High School Upper Sixth form student was over the moon over the chance of furthering her tennis career
as well as studying in the United States, describing it as a “once in a lifetime opportunity”.
“I am naturally excited about going to the United States to further my tennis where I will be exposed to some of the best tennis facilities and coaches. I haven’t decided what I am going to study yet, but as soon as I get there then I will make up my mind.
“I want to thank my parents, my tennis coaches as well as Thabani Sithole for helping me realising my dream as this is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” she said.
Wendy’s father, Stanley Rudhu who is also the Midlands Tennis Board (MTB) chairman, was equally excited, saying he hoped that her daughter’s milestone would motivate other upcoming players to take seriously the sport.
Rudhu added that his board would this year intensify talent identification and find twining arrangements with colleges abroad.
The Kwekwe-based tennis ace has won the Marilyn De Souza in Bulawayo in the Under 16 category.
Last year, she won the Masvingo Open.
Wendy becomes one of the tennis players to have earned scholarships in the United States.
Some players who have managed to showcase their skills in America on scholarships include TsitsiMasviba, the Mawisire sisters — Fadzai and Vimbai and Genius Chidzikwe, among others.