When he broke onto the scene with the Uganda Open singles’ victory in 2012, many expected David Oringa to become the next big tennis ace after Duncan Mugabe.
But the lanky lad endured a tough spell last year where he won no regional singles title. And he was literally put to the number two position when Mugabe claimed a treble at the Kenya Open to finish as the country’s best player last year.
“Ending last year without a singles title still haunts me most especially failing to defend the Uganda Open,” Oringa told Daily Monitor in a recent interview after practice at Lugogo courts. “I did not give my best last year because of a new school schedule which I am now used to,” he said.
Last month, Oringa played at two ITF Egypt Futures and despite failing to make the main draw in one and losing out 7-5 3-6 6-3 at the first round to Russian Ilya Vasilyev in another, he is confident of making a comeback this year, beginning with the Kenya Open this weekend.
“I earned a lot of experience and endurance from Egypt which I want to exhibit in Nairobi,” Oringa said. “I am now much fitter, mentally stronger and my focus is to at least reach the finals of every event I play.” the 20-year-old added.
Last year, Oringa suffered a foot injury midway the contest and lost to Rwanda’s Jean Claude Gasigwa 7-6 2-6 2-6 in one of the semifinals at Nairobi Club. Unlike last year where Mugabe and Oringa were the only ones who travelled to Nairobi, Uganda Lawn Tennis Association (ULTA) together with National Council of Sports (NCS) is sending a ten-man team to the weekend tournament, set to be unveiled today.
HONOURS 2012: Uganda Open Singles (1st)Uspa Tennis Player of the year Tanzania Open Singles (2nd)2013 : Kenya Open doubles (1st) ITF Rwanda Money Circuit (2nd)2013 ORINGA’S SINGLES ITINERARYUganda Open: (Lost 3-6 3-6 to Rwanda’s Dieudonne Habiyamberea at semifinals): Kenya Open: (Lost 7-6 2-6 2-6 to Rwanda’s Jean Claude Gaisgwa at semifinals) Rwanda Money Ciruit: (Lost 4-6 6-4 5-7 to Gasigwa in the final) ITF Rwanda Futures: (Lost 1-6 1-6 to Belgian Yannick Mertens at round of last 16) Inter-University Games: (Gold medal for UCU)
TEAM UGANDA FOR KENYA OPENMoses Otiti (cpt), Duncan Mugabe, David Oringa, Daniel Ruyange, Charles Okurut, Simon Ayella, Paul Ssekandi, Borris Aguma, Richard Manyali and Richard Ssemanda
SOURCE: Daily Monitor