Uganda’s fast rising tennis player David Oringa will be in the main draw of this year’s (International Tennis Federation) ITF Men’s Futures Pro BDI tournament that starts on Monday morning at the Entetive Sportive Courts in Bujumbura, Burundi.

The 19-year-old made beat USA’s Dustin Goldenberg in straight sets 6-3 7-5 at the last 16 stage of the qualifying draw on Saturday. Both players had won byes at the first round stage. The tournament’s singles will climax on Sunday but by press time, the draws had not yet been held.

“I will do my best to please the fans back homes,” Oringa told Kawowo Sports. “I want to do my country proud.”

From Burundi, players will return to Kigali for the second and third legs. The second leg (Rwanda F1 Futures) is slated to run from November 19 -25 followed by the third leg (Rwanda F2 Futures) from November 26 – December 2.

Futures

In 1998, one week Futures Tournaments were launched, and had to be scheduled in a minimum of three consecutive weeks of $10,000 each or two consecutive weeks of $15,000 each in prize money. The Futures Tournaments effectively replaced 65% of the Satellite Circuits and players were given more opportunity to earn ranking points.

In 1998 there were 212 Futures Tournaments offering a total of $2,635,000 in prize money. The first Futures Tournament took place in India and the honour of being the first singles winner went to Vadim Kutsenko who defeated his compatriot Dmitri Tomashevich in the final.

By the end of 2002 there were 300 Futures Tournaments being played around the globe with a total of $3,675,000 in prize money available. In five years the ITF has achieved a 141% growth in the number of Futures Tournaments and a 139% growth in prize money.

In 2003, there were 333 Futures played worldwide, an increase of 11% on the previous year.

In 2004, a total of 356 Futures were played with a total of $4,150,000 in prize money. The majoirty of these were played on Clay (188) or Hard (162) with only 4 Futures played on Artificial surface, and 2 on Grass. Of these tournaments, 319 were played outdoors.

The ITF Pro Circuit has continued to grow since.

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