Friday, July 22, 2011

18 July 2011 Sadili Juniors Attend NJTL Camp 2011

Henry Ayesiga and Shebani Kabura - Sadili

Sadili Oval Sports Academy was invited to send two upcoming juniors to this year's 27Th annual USTA National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) Camp in San Francisco, USA. The 13 year-old junior players who were invited to attend included Shebani Kabura (Sadili), and Henry Ayesiga (Sadili). They are accompanied by Dr. Liz Odera (Sadili). The players join 36 other juniors aged between 12 and 14 years, selected out of 250,000 children from all over the United States, who are considered as potential leaders in their communities. Sadili received honorary NJTL Chapter recognition in 2008, for our work with underprivileged children. 
The Camp was managed by NJTL Coordinator Emily Sandor and players attended a number of leadership training opportunities in San Francisco and at Sonoma University facilities under Andrew Feldman, USTA Volunteer Development Senior manager, Barry Ford, Director of USTA's Education, Advocacy & Public Affairs Department, Dan Limbago, National Manager of NJTL, and China Fanning, USTA's NJTL Education Manager. Tennis training was very well structured, with the involvement of top professional coaches under the camp Head Coach, Tony Stingley (USTA Diversity Specialist and PTR Professional), with notable inclusion of Enrique Casados (PTR Professional and R &R Luxury Tennis Services), Jean Desdunes (former national coach - player development - women, and now USTA Youth Tennis), Dr. Liz Odera (PTR Professional International Clinician, Tester and Sadili Oval Sports Academy Director) and Donald Widener (PTR Professional and Achievable Dream Academy) in providing wide specialist knowledge towards helping the different levels of players who are attending the camp improve their game. Other Pro/Counsellors included Christina Walker (Colorado), Scarlett Lingafelt (North Carolina) and Veronica Osogo (Kenya).

Players will from tomorrow, play the competitions, where players from Sadili hope to perform well.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Sadili takes Uganda Tournament By Storm

Henry Ayesiga
Amadi Kagoma, once again dashed all hopes of a Ugandan win in the boys 18 and Under finals against favourite second seed, favourite David Oringa at the Tennis Africa Cup tournament on Centre Court in Lugogo Stadium. After an initial loss in the first set 3/6, Amadi rallied to take the second set 6/2 to set up and exciting tie break that saw him take the match at 10/8. Oringa, who will be reprsenting Uganda in the All Africa Games in September, said that he enjoyed the match, and hoped to get back to serious training as soon as school closes later this month.
In the boys U14 finals, Sadili's Henry Ayesiga was made to work hard by India's Nikhil Bonapally, before winning the match 6/4, 7/5, in what was the longest match of the tournament. Henry, who won the ITF 14 and Under in April this year, was trailing 2/5 after taking the first set, and had to raise his game considerably to catch up and take over the match. David Nesbitt was semi-finalist while Olivier Kigotho reached the third round.

Harry stichbury took the Boys U10, winning all matches 4/1, 4/2, 4/1 and 4/2 against Nikhil Sanjay, Massa Kevan, Tom Stonewigg, Rendy Mutabola and Sai Charith, respectively. His team mate Tom Stonewigg took position 3 in the same category after losing to Sai Charith 3/4.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Annual Tennis Africa Cup Uganda Tournament is a Success

David Nesbitt
13 year old Henry Ayesiga of Sadili Oval is expected to play his best by Nikhil Bonapally of India today in the Boys Under 16 finals of the 2011Tennis Africa Cup ranking tournament  in Lugogo Tennis Centre, Kampala Uganda. The ITF East Africa Under 14 champion, won quickly against Derrick Wambisha (Uganda) 4/1, 4/1 and  3rd seed Joel Engwedu (Uganda) 6/1, 6/0. Unseeded Nikhil had already mauled down two seeds, Edward Birungi of Uganda (seed 3) 4/0, 4/0 in the quarters, and Sadili’s own player and second seed, 14 year old Dennis Lutaaya, 6/1, 7/5 in the semi-finals.
In the boys U18s, Tennis Africa Cup number 1 player and top seed, Malezi’s Amadi Kagoma (Jamin Luvembe Burundi), met his team mate left-handed 6/4, 6/2 at the semi-finals, setting up a serious match against Uganda’s top Under 18 boy, David Oringa (seed 2), who just slipped past Yasin Shabani (seed 3) of Tanzania 6/4, 7/6 (6) in a nail-biting performance that drew many tennis enthusiasts.
In the Under 10 category, Tom Stonewigg advanced to the second round, losing to Jamilo Kiregeya in a closely contested match, while compatriot, Harry Stichbury lost in the first round to finalist Francis Akankwase of Uganda Schools 1/4 3/5. In the Boys Under 14s, David Nesbitt of Sadili beat Enock Kizito 4/0, 4/0, and Joel Endwedu 4/1, 4/0 to advance to the semi-finals, losing to Job Wambisha 4/3, 4/3 in a tight match. Team mate, Olivier Kigitho beat Michael Koultek 4/2, 4/2 to reach the quarterfinals, losing 0/4, 2/4 to Archie Davis.
In the Boys U16, Euan Nesbitt easily went past Ayub Namawondo 6/1, 6/1, to set up a long and close match against team mate and second seed, losing a close Dennis Lutaaya, 4/6, 4/6, a sign of serious challenge in the coming weeks of tournament.  
Sadili team, comprising of Malezi school and rookie Banda School players descended on the inter-schools tennis championships in Lugogo Stadium Kampala this weekend seeking glory. Malezi School is using this tournament to prepare to defend their national schools title for the 12th year running.
This premier tournament, which is a Tennis Africa Cup ranking event, is hosted annually by the Uganda Lawn Tennis Association, attracted 112 players from Uganda, as well as upcoming juniors from the neighboring countries.
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