Ugandan Tennis ace, David Oringa, 22, is a dedicated player who hails from the Northern part of the country.

Born in Naguru, a Kampala city suburb on 9th October 1993 in a family of six children, Oringa lost his father (Alfred Ogaa) when he was 8 years old in 2002.

The mother, Esterina Lamoo  automatically became the sole bread winner, a feat that was never easy for the family, before she trans-located back upcountry.

By then, the father had been paying all his school fees and now he looked to the good will of ‘Good Samaritans’ under Uganda Charity Trust Fund which took upon opportunity of helping the multi -talented lad.

Multi-Talented:

Like many Naguru born young growing personalities, Oringa was engaged in five different sporting disciplines.

He played soccer (in the Kampala Kids League), boxing, Tennis, hockey and a fast opening bowler.

Before I concentrated on Tennis, I was good at soccer and Cricket. I won the schools’ cricket week with Kololo and was even called up for the U-19 national team but I chose to zero on tennis and to date, I have no regrets

Playing tennis has been a guiding inspiration towards Oringa’s hard working and being successful.

When my father died, I thought It was the end of me. But thanks to God, I was involved in the tennis holiday programs of Uganda Charity Trust Fund, which was an opportunity and a stepping stone for me when they took me on officially as one of the members. UCTF has since then supported me through my education and sports which has presented lots of opportunities

Success Script:
Oringa represented Uganda in the under 14 East African Junior championship (AJC) in Kenya, 2004 Lugogo Junior championship winner, 3 times finalist in 2009, 2010 and 2011 at the Tennis Africa Cup in Uganda, and a 2010 quarter finalist in Junior Olympics that was held in Rabat, Morocco.

He then won the most coveted prize on the local Tennis calendar – The Uganda Tennis Open Tournament in 2012.

This victory made him youngest player to ever win the event and for his historic feat, he was rewarded the plaque for the sportsman of the month from the Uganda Sports Press Association.

Olympic Dream:
Like most successful sportsmen, Oringa is far sighted with dreams of representing Uganda at the Olympic games.

I have a dream of representing my country in the Olympic Games and aspire to be a role model to many young Ugandans who play sports

He is grateful of the role that Uganda Charity Trust Fund (UCTF) has played in as far as offering guidance is concerned.

I thank UCTF for guiding me towards my successes by providing me with skilled coaches and tennis equipment that has brought me closer to achieving my dreams and targets. I feel so lucky to be where I am today and I thank Uganda Charity Trust Fund for its kindness and support they have shown me throughout the years.

Special Training:

Winning the Uganda Open exposed Oringa to lots of opportunities including several training programmes at regional and continental centers.

He trained at the Cunit Tennis Academy in Barcelona, Spain and has played at the regional finest courts in Kenya, Burundi and Rwanda that enabled him attain the international rating of 1674 ATP world ranked tennis player in the World.

Academics:
Oringa has taken the education path as serious as the tennis journey.

After completing primary education, he was recruited by Kololo S.S on a 6 year spell before he successfully passed his A-level grade in History, Economics, Geography and Fine Art.

At the moment he is a diploma student of business administration at Uganda Christian University (UCU) in Mukono.

I am not going to play tennis for the rest of my life. At one point, my body will get tired so I have to continue balancing tennis with the academics at least for the three years I will be at the University. I have 15 more years to play tennis so why rush into concentrating on it now?

He sings special praise of Mpeeka Muhuma who has sponsored him for several tournaments, Kololo S.S for the O and A level and UCU for the university bursary.

Profile:

  • Full Names: David Oringa
  • Date of Birth: 9th October 1993
  • Parents: Alfred Ogaa  (Deceased) and Esterina Lamoo
  • Role Model: Roger Federer
  • Best Friends: Jonathan Egau (Basketballer at UCU), Dan Mihigo (Badminton player) and Ali Abdulai (Course mate at UCU)
  • Best Moment: When he defeated Duncan Mugabe on 50 years World Tennis Day Challenge
  • Worst Moment: When he missed Kenyan open double finals due to Shoulder Problem
  • Successes:  Won U-16 Schools’ Tournament (2008), Tennis Africa Cup tournament (2009), Uganda Open Winner (2012), 1st Runners Up, 7th Simba Cement Tanzania Open Tennis (Singles), Winner 7th Simba Cement Tournament (Doubles events), Quarter finalist, ITF CAT money circuit (Rwanda, Burundi), 2012 Tennis Player of the Year by Uganda Sport Press Association (USPA)
  • Semi-Finalist, Uganda Tennis Open (2013) in single and doubles events.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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