Ugandan teenager David Oringa and Rwandese veteran Jean Claude Gasigwa will meet on Friday for the first time since their epic Uganda Open clash after both beat Rwandese opponents to reach the final of the ITF/CAT Rwanda Money Circuit tournament.
Gaswigwa the reigning Rwanda and Uganda Tennis Opens champion overpowered to Moussa Hakizimana in straight sets 6-2 6-1 reach his third final of the year while Oringa met more resistance before beating Rwandan Dieudonne Habiyambere 4-6 6-2 6-3 at the Umbano Hotel Courts in Kigali on Thursday.
Oringa is the tournament’s seed two also made the Men’s doubles final pairing with Burundian Cuma Issa.
Gasigwa the top seed had earlier in June spoilt what seemed like a good tournament for Oringa at the Kenya Open when he hurled the Uganda Christian University student in the semi finals before he collapsed to eventual winner Duncan Mugabe.
“Facing Gasigwa is always a tall order but I think its my time to revenge on him,” Oringa intimated to RED Pepper Online from Kigali on Friday.
“I came here to upset the Rwandans who ashamed us in front of our home crowd back in March,” Oringa added.
The towering youngster in 2012 managed to dismiss Gasigwa 5-7 6-2 7-5 at the quarter-finals of the Uganda Open which he eventually clinched but months later fell 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to Gasigwa in a three-hour duel during the quarterfinals of the 2012 Rwanda ITF/CAT Money Circuit.
Oringa will definitely play today’s final with his sight on the winner’s cash prize money of $800 (Shs2m) with the runner-up scooping $540 (Shs1.3m).