Class at Saloni Kantaria Mathur's Reform Cycling and Strength Studio in Nairobi. Photo: Diana Ngila/Business Daily

How A Top-Ranked Female Tennis Champ Became An Exercise Entrepreneur In Kenya

By Kurt Davis Jr., 10:56 am AFKI Original

Kenya has long been known for fantastic athletes, but not so much for entrepreneurs focused on the business of fitness. Kenya-born Saloni Kantaria Mathur ranked No. 1 in Kenyan women’s tennis and studied law in the U.S. before starting an indoor cycling studio in Nairobi. The Reform brand is unmistakably Kenyan and it’s not your average gym experience. Reform integrates live-streamed performance data tech into classes, bringing the competitive instinct into the workout. Mathur shared with AFKInsider what she learned as a female African fitness entrepreneur.

Tennis: Latest News

  • South Africa’s Kevin Anderson Pulls Out Of The Australian Open

    Kevin Anderson - Australian Open By Peter Pedroncelli, 3:35 am

    South Africa’s highest world ranked tennis player, Kevin Anderson has withdrawn from this year’s Australian Open. The 67th ranked Anderson made the announcement via his official Twitter handle from his American home base in Delray Beach this week, revealing that his injury requires some extra recovery time, and he will miss the first grand slam event of the year as a result.

  • South African Raven Klaasen And Rajeev Ram Lose In ATP World Tour Final

    Rajeev Ram and Raven Klaasen at the ATP Masters. Photo - ATP World Tour By Peter Pedroncelli, 3:11 am

    South African Raven Klaasen and American Rajeev Ram came close to winning their debut ATP World Tour Finals tournament in London at the weekend, but on the day their opponents had the edge. Henri Kontinen and John Peers finished their debut season with the perfect ending on Sunday in London, winning the doubles title during their team debut, beating fellow first-timers Klaasen and Ram 2-6, 6-1, 10-8 at The O2 Arena.

  • Raven Klaasen And Rajeev Ram Defeat World Number One Doubles Pair

    By Peter Pedroncelli, 3:53 am

    South Africa’s Raven Klaasen and American Rajeev Ram caused an upset on Monday night at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals when they defeated Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut both of France, who are vying to become the year-end No. 1 pair in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings.

  • Lucas Sithole Remains South Africa’s Last Tennis Hope At Paralympics

    Lucas Sithole, Evans Maripa, Kgothatso Montjane and Leon Els By Peter Pedroncelli, 6:06 am AFKI Original

    South African world number three and two-time Grand Slam Champion Lucas Sithole is on course for a podium finish if he continues his form at the Rio Paralympic Games on Monday in his semifinal clash. The number three seed in the quads singles event is the only South African left in the tennis discipline at the Games.

  • 12 South African Paralympic Games Athletes Who Are Aiming For Glory

    Paralympic Games - Lucas Sithole, South Africa's wheelchair tennis star By Peter Pedroncelli, 2:00 am AFKI Original

    The South African Paralympic team is in Brazil for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, with the aim of making their country proud during the competition, which runs from September 7 – 18. The 45-person team is representing the country in a total of 10 sporting codes. Here are 12 of Team South Africa’s Paralympic Games athletes who are aiming for glory in Brazil.

  • 12 African Nations With The Biggest Olympic Contingents

    Wayde Van Niekerk - Things You Should Know About South Africa's Olympic Team By Peter Pedroncelli, 10:00 am AFKI Original

    The Rio 2016 Olympic Games are only days away, and Olympic contingents have been finalised. With strict qualification criteria applied to all of the disciplines in the multi-sport event, qualifying to take part is no easy feat, and large African teams going to Rio can be very proud of their achievements. We take a look at 12 of the African countries who are bringing large Olympic teams to Rio 2016.

  • 8 Of The Wealthiest African Tennis Players

    wealthiest African tennis players By Julia Austin, 6:46 pm AFKI Original

    Several African countries have major players in the global tennis scene. At one point, Morocco had three of the 30 best players in the world. Wayne Ferreira was born in Johannesburg and lives in Berkeley, California. He turned pro in 1989 and since then has won just shy of $10 million in prize money for singles and doubles combined. In 1992 Ferreira was the first South African to win an Olympic tennis medal in 32 years when he took home the bronze at Barcelona.

  • Olympic Sponsor Telkom To Enrich Team South Africa Medalists

    South African Medallists - South African swimmer Cameron van der Burgh By Peter Pedroncelli, 6:20 am

    South African telecommunications provider Telkom has been unveiled as the country’s major Olympic sponsor for the upcoming 2016 Summer Games in Rio. Telkom’s association with the team of athletes that will represent the country in Brazil was announced by the South Africans Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee this week.

  • 10 African Nations That Won Medals At The 2012 Olympics

    Stephen Kiprotich earns the gold for Uganda at the 2012 Olympics By Peter Pedroncelli, 5:31 am AFKI Original

    With the 2016 Summer Olympics set to take place in Brazil this year, it is interesting to look back at the previous edition of the multi-sport competition to see how African countries performed in terms of their medal hauls. With this in mind, we take a look at the 10 African nations that earned medals during the 2012 Olympics in London.

  • 8 Most Loved Sports In Africa

    Most loved sports - World Cup Qualifying Draw By Peter Pedroncelli, 3:42 am AFKI Original

    Africa is a sport mad part of the world, with the people of the African continent enjoying a variety of sports to watch or participate in, whether they are team sports or those practised by individuals. The love of fans on the continent for sports is clear in the passion that they exude when supporting their sports heroes or favourite teams. With this in mind, we take a look at the 8 most loved sports in Africa.

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