That Duncan Mugabe is the best Ugandan tennis player of his generation is not in doubt.
Times haven’t been good for the player, though. Fourteen years after he first played the game, Mugabe has revealed 2014 has been the toughest year of his career thus far.
“Many things have not gone to plan for me off the court,” Mugabe told Daily Monitor but refused to divulge into the mishaps in question. “To an extent, I felt I lost plenty of time and I decided to just prepare for next year.” Despite Mugabe’s ‘bad year’, his star has continued to sparkle albeit in bits by Ugandan standards.
In June, the five-time Nile Special-Uspa Male Tennis Player of the Year won the mixed doubles title but lost the doubles and singles finals at the Kenya Open.
His bad run continued on November 23. He won the first set 6-4 at the Governor’s Cup Invitational at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club in Nigeria before succumbing to homeboy Moses Micheal.
Earlier, he had partnered with Zimbabwean Takanyi Garanganga as they breezed past Nigerian Clifford Enosoregbe and Senegalese Daouda Ndiaye in the men’s doubles final.
“Reaching those two finals has helped restore some belief in me,” said the 24-year-old Mugabe.
“I am now looking forward to reaching the podium again at next year’s All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville,” added Africa’s number three.
Mugabe claimed bronze at the 2011 All Africa Games in Maputo and having secured the Rio 2016 Olympic Solidarity training Scholarship from Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) earlier this month, his goal looks realistic.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor