The 2013 Castle Lite Uganda Open Tennis Championship that starts on Saturday with the qualifiers at the Kampala Club will have a cash prize of 22 million shillings in total.
Cedric Babu, Chairman of the Uganda Lawn Tennis Association (ULTA) told Press during the launch of the tournament in Bugolobi that the event will be much bigger this year. Players are expected to come from Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya and one player from Zimbabwe.
This year’s event has been supported by main sponsors Nile Breweries Limited (UBL) through their Castle Lite brand and Housing Finance Bank.
Timothy Kayondo, the Castle Lite brand Manager emphasized the brand’s commitment towards sports sponsorship and tennis in particular. The Chairman thanked the sponsors for the continued support of the game of tennis and hoped that their sponsorship will go a long way in pushing the game to the next level.
Uganda’s two top players Duncan Mugabe and David Oringa, the defending champions who also attended the function promised to put up a good show against the foreign players. Mugabe who refused to give details about the termination of his tennis scholarship in the US early this year won the title in 2011, while Oringa beat Rwanda’s Mike Uwizeyimana in last year’s final.
Mugabe will also pair with his elder brother Daniel Ruyange in the men’s doubles, but will face tough competition from the pair of Herbert Buyinza and Oringa. The country’s third best player Buyinza has opted for the men’s doubles and mixed doubles only this year.
The men’s singles winner this year will win 2. 5 million shillings while the runner up will take 1.250,000 shillings. Cash prizes will be awarded to players who reach the quarter finals to the finals, while the eight qualifiers for the main draw with pocket Shs50, 000.