David Oringa tennis career would have have taken a big leap had he travelled to Spain for three months’ training.

The 19-year-old failed to acquire the necessary paper work and a Visa in time to make the visit to the Sports Tennis Club in Cunit, a coastal town near Barcelona.

In an invitational letter dated February 13 written by the Club president Fabio Maggi, Oringa was meant to train and participate in some international tournaments from February 26-May 26. 

The letter also indicated that the academy would offer him accommodation for the entire 13 weeks. 

Now that was quite an offer and missing out was not only such a huge setback to the 19-year-old’s promising and flourishing career.

“I have missed out a lot,” he told Kawowo Sports. “And I would have neared my goal reaching of the top 1000 since I would have played in some ATP tourneys,” a disappointed Oringa said.

But Oringa can find a consolation and has already set his eyes to defending the Uganda Open title starting this weekend before the Kenya Open next month.

“I am training hard to at least to avoid shocks on court.” 

And not all is lost; Oringa hopes to apply for another trip to Cunit after both regional tournaments in May as he aims to better the performance showcased last year.

The 6ft 4inch player emerged best to scoop the 2012 Uspa tennis player of the year after reaching the finals of the Uganda Open and Tanzania Open singles tournaments.   


D.O.B – October 9, 1993

Honours – 2012 Uganda Open, 2012 Uspa Tennis Player of the year, 1st Runner-up 2012 Tanzania Open, 2009 U-16 Africa Tennis Cup, 2004 U-10 Lugogo Junior Championship, U-16 All Schools’ Trophy. 

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