Mwisukye, Burungi star at Kampala Junior Open

Friday February 1 2019

Future star: Mwisukye prepares to serve

Future star: Mwisukye prepares to serve yesterday. PHOTO BY deus bugembe 

By Deus Bugembe

KAMPALA. Joel Mwisukye and Winnie Birungi were a class apart in the boys and girls categories at the first ever Kampala Junior Open yesterday at Lugogo tennis club.
Mwisukye, a 17-year-old boy, overcame rival and good friend Arnold Jurua (4-3) in the final to emerge champion.
The tournament format was a single set and allowed the first player to reach 10 points emerge winner. It only changed in the final where whoever won four games first ruled.
“It is my first win and am looking forward to more. I don’t have the right words to explain what I am going through now,” an elated Mwisuke told Daily Monitor.
Mwisukye had beaten Christopher Ozelle (10-2) and John Mary Muwanga (10-3) in the semis and quarters respectively.
The Lugogo Boys Tennis Club product also dreams of playing on tours and pro circuits in future.
In the girls category, Birungi got the better of Patiece Athieno (10-3) in the final which left the cowd disappointed as they had anticipated a tough challenge from Athieno. Unfortunately she never showed up.
Tennis legend and coach Dennis Oduke hailed the competition and thanked the International Tennis Federation (ITF), Red Rhino and all the academies for making it a success.

Tennis results

Boys U16 Doubles Finals:
*Shakur A/Kazibwe T
bt Ocen G/Wakholi N 10-6
Boys U14 Doubles Finals:
*Zziwa & Otto
bt Kasule & Nyata 13-11
Boys U18 Doubles Finals:
*Jurua & Hafizi
bt Ario & Kitumba 10-3
Girls U14 Doubles Finals:
*Wanjiku & Namagembe
bt Mbwaali & Namaganda 10-4
Girls U18 Finals:
*Winnie Birungi
bt Patience Athieno 10-3
Girls U14 Finals:
*Maggie Namaganda
bt Mellanie Nyakecho 10-2
Girls U12 Finals:
*Esther Muwanguzi
bt Paula Awino 12-10
Boys U18 Finals:
Joel Mwisukyel bt Arnold Jurua 4-3
Boys U16 Finals:
G. Ocen bt Akram Nsubuga 4-2
Boys U14 Finals:
Troy Zziwa bt Elvis Masiko 10-6
Boys U12 Finals:
Allan Otto bt Marvin Lukwago 10-8