Tennis star to play Gasigwa Memorial in Rwanda
UCU Tennis star and Ugandan number two seed David Oringa is set to play in the Jean-Claude Gasigwa Memorial Tournament in Kigali, Rwanda from March 22-30.
Oringa fresh from the Uganda Open action where he was knocked out in the quarter-finals in February will be hoping to win the tournament amidst a lot of rivalry from Ugandan number one seed, Duncan Mugabe, and Zambia’s Edgar Kazembe.
The inaugural tournament organized in memory of former Rwanda number one, Gasigwa will be played at Amahoro Stadium tennis courts with several regional players to take part.
Gasigwa who defeated David Oringa in the finals of the 2014 Rwanda Open was born on July 8, 1983.
He died suddenly on January 8, 2015 after collapsing during training at Cercle Sportif de Kigali. His death shocked not only the continent but the entire tennis fraternity.
Gasigwa also won regional competitions such as Kenya Open in 2008, Tanzania Open in 2011, and Uganda Open in 2009 and 2013 among others. In 2011, Gasigwa also represented the country at the 10th All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique.
The event is open to both amateurs and professionals and countries that have so far confirmed their participation include Zambia, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and DR Congo.