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Tennis: Junior tournament exposes youngsters' talents

By Shafik Ssenoga

Added 31st January 2020 01:40 PM

The selected players from this competition will take part in the East African (Zone IV) Junior Teams’ Competition that will serve as a qualifying event for the final event of the African Junior Teams’ Competition 12&Under (AJTC – 12&U) that will take place early September this year.

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Some of the outstanding juniors pose with their medals. Photo by Patricia Turyahebwa

The selected players from this competition will take part in the East African (Zone IV) Junior Teams’ Competition that will serve as a qualifying event for the final event of the African Junior Teams’ Competition 12&Under (AJTC – 12&U) that will take place early September this year.

TENNIS

Coach Edward Odocken believes the just concluded National Junior Tennis Tournament has helped give exposure to upcoming younger players.

“This was a national ranking tournament were we wanted to know the positions of these junior players in their different age categories. We believe this has created a big platform for many young players to expose their talent”, stated Odocken

In the national junior competition finals, Kakuru Byaruhanga defeated his brother Kato Byaruhanga 7-4, 7-3 to win the U6 boys singles category while Ali Katenda beat Jonathan Ssenyomo 7-5, 7-4 to top the U8 category.

Praise Agenomungu, Anisha Nakato , Precious Apio, and Edina Nabiryo and were winners in the U6, U8, U10, and U12 in the girls singles category respectively.

Agenomungu, Nakato, Apio, and Nabriyo defeated Mary Aniothroth 7-5, 7-4, Tracy Queen 7-1 7-2, Dhaavi Dechamma 7-4, 7-3 and Eseza Muwanguzi 3-4, 4-3, 10-4 respectively.

The selected players from this competition will take part in the East African (Zone IV) Junior Teams’ Competition that will serve as a qualifying event for the final event of the African Junior Teams’ Competition 12&Under (AJTC – 12&U) that will take place early September this year.

Uganda are the defending champions in the girls' category after the team of Maggie Flavia Namaganda, Eseza Muwanguzi, and Paula Awino qualified in Nairobi and represented  East Africa at the Africa Junior competition that was held at the Moundir Tennis Academy last year in  September. The boys’ team finished second to Kenya and comprised of Troy Zziwa, Allan Otto and Junior Nyata, and also represented East Africa at the same event.

National Junior Tournament

Results

Final Singles Boys

U6

K.Byaruhanga bt K.Byaruhanga 7-4, 7-3

U8

Katenda bt J.Ssenyomo 7-5, 4-7, 7-1.

Girls

U6

P.Agenomungu bt M.Aniothroth 7-5, 7-4

U8

A.Nakato bt T.Queen 7-1, 7-2

U10

P.Apio bt D.Dechamma 7-4, 7-3

U-12

E. Nabriyo bt E.Muwanguzi 3-4, 4-3, 10-4

 

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