Oringa misses three-month trip to Spain
Posted Wednesday, March 13 2013 at 02:00
Oringa can, however, take heart as he acquired a bursary from at Uganda Christian University where he will pursue a degree in procurement studies.
David Oringa’s hopes of taking his tennis career to another level were heavily dashed as he missed out on a three-month stint in Spain.
The Ugandan ace failed to secure the necessary travel documents in time to travel to the Sports Tennis Club in Cunit, a coastal town near Barcelona. “I failed to get a visa from the French Embassy in time,” Oringa told the Daily Monitor.
In a February 13 invitational letter dated February 13 written by the club president, Fabio Maggi, Oringa was meant to train and participate in some international tournaments from February 26 to May 26. The letter also indicated that the academy would offer him accommodation for the camp.
“If I had gone to Spain, my tennis would have obviously improved as there are better facilities at the academy,” disclosed the 19-year-old. “And I would have neared my goal reaching the top 1000 since I would have played in some ATP tourneys.”
But there is no time for Oringa to cry over the spilled milk. The teenager already has his eyes set on defending the Uganda Tennis Open title starting this weekend.
“I am training hard to avoid early elimination in the Open,” said Oringa, who intends to travel to Nairobi for the Kenya Open in a fortnight.
And about the missed trip to Barcelona, the reigning Nile Special-Uspa Tennis Player of the Year intends to apply for another trip to Cunit after both regional events.