Uganda’s top tennis player Duncan Mugabe expects a tough, evenly matched battle when he faces seed two David Oringa in a tennis challenge tie starting at the Center Court Lugogo Club 4pm, near Cricket Oval, on Friday.
“Yes we clearly are the top two players in the country for two years now but has been as high as number one in his career when I went to the US,” said Mugabe in a call link on Wednesday evening.
Mugabe was not greatly concerned that Oringa had defeated him -4,7-6(7-5) in a similar challenge in the World Tennis Day tournament last month.
“I am gonna settle this once and for all,” he stated.
And of more worry to the Kenya Open defending champion than the fact that they train together is the lack of challenge in Ugandan tennis.
“It is one thing training with David, but I’m worried that we have little or no competitions within the calendar yet the Uganda Cup is around the corner.
To off-set Mugabe’s superior game, Oringa who won gold at the Inter University Games in December last year will need to emphasize on the extra pace of the ball.
“I am not scared anymore am a different player and am ready for this challenge again,” Oringa says.
I train with him and know what quick play does to his game.
One million Uganda shillings has been staked by a member of the tennis fraternity for the winner of the mouth-watering tie.