Four Uganda junior tennis players have excelled at the recent 14th edition of the annual East Africa Safari Junior tennis camp that has been going on at the Sadili Oval Sports Academy in Nairobi,Kenya.
Uganda was ably represented by four rising stars; Frank Tayebwa 13, Saidat Kemugisha 15, Boris Aguma 15 and Winnie Birungi 10, all of whom performed exceptionally well in the camp, albeit with stiff challenge from the Kenya contigent.
Other Ugandans excelling in the region include the Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association’s Boys Champions Henry Ayesiga and John Lutaaya.
The junior tennis players under went a rigourous training that saw them being handled by a variety of tennis coaches including Uganda’s John Kasule, who is a PTR Professional, Clinician and Tester who was among the team of elite coaches at the camp.
The program included training at Sadili Oval, a Smashers Challenge Tournament at Karen Country Club, a second Training at Sadili Oval, and the East Africa Junior Open at Sadili Oval.
Sadili has played host to some big names in Lawn Tennis including Professional coaches Bill Murray (former coach to Venus and Serena Williams) and Paul Holbach, Coach to Lindsay Davenport.
Sadili has been around for 14 years now and it continues to be one of the premier events in the tennis calendar in the E.A. region.
A creation and innovation of the International Tennis Professionals, Sadili, with the astute stewardship of Liz Odera as Camp Director, attracts a large number of talented junior players aged between 6-18 years from across Africa, Europe and the USA who converge to compete in the East African Junior Tennis open. The tournament is normally the climax of the annual training camp.
The trip to the camp in Sadili was only made possible by the selfless contribution from the tennis fraternities of Kampala Club and Lugogo.
A total of UGX 1,227,400 was generously muscled by individuals in these two clubs on short notice, with Kampala Club raising 680,000 shillings and Lugogo community chipping in with 547,400 shillings.
Many of the players used this year’s Sadili camp in preparation for the East Africa School Games that will be held at Lango College in Lira, Uganda from August 23 – September 2, 2013 after South Sudan pulled out of hosting the tourney.
For the first time, Tennis has been included in the games and competition is expected to be very tough. The Federation of East Africa Secondary School Sports Association (FEASSSA) is organizing the games to be hosted by the Uganda Secondary Schools Sports Asscociation (USSSA). ULTA will grace the occasion.