Duncan Mugabe is in the mood to push his body to untold limits.
Uganda’s top seed believes he is in the ‘best shape ever’ physically and that should augur well for his ambitions to lower his Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) ranking as he pushes for a Grand Slam appearance next year.
Mugabe won the Kenya Open for a fourth record time two weeks ago at Nairobi Club but couldn’t repeat the feat at the Congo Open in Goma last weekend when he lost to homeboy Denis Indondo 6-4, 6-3 in the men’s final at A’L Hotel Karibu.
“He played a very good first set,” with a defiant tone, Mugabe explained how the African champion Indondo managed to defeat him.
“But probably the 20 back-to-back games I had played before the final also got to me. Now the African leg is finished I embark on a tough globetrotting tour of Asia and Europe. I want to go there and push this body like never before.”
Mugabe has been lucky to win at least $5,000 (Shs18m) over the past one month but with the most of the money catering for his travel, accommodation, feeding, tournament entry fees and other logisitics like rackets repairs, the 26-year-old’s aspirations remain a far-fetched dream without any financial backing.
“The tournaments I am going to participate in have some good prize money tags. I have already applied for the visa to Portugal which is my priority tournament.
“If I don’t get it then I will opt for either Belgium or Thailand. One of the events in Portugal has a cash prize of $25,000 (Shs90m) whereas the others are at $15,000 (Shs54m). I need my sponsors Roke Telkom, Uganda Olympic Committee and National Council of Sports to help me realise my dream.”
With a Singles Career High of 659, Mugabe believes a sniff in at the 300s will get him rubbing shoulders with the ‘big boys’ regulary and may be also stake acclaim for a bigger purse.
PRO CIRCUITS ENTRY CONFIRMATION
July 31: Portugal F14 Futures,Porto
July 31: Belgium F7 Futures, Brussels
July 31: Thailand F4 Futures, Nonthaburi
August 7: Belgium F8 Futures, Eupen
August 7: Thailand F5 Futures, Nonthaburi
August 7: Portugal F15 Futures, Caldas
August 14: Belgium F9 Futures, Koksijde
August 14: Thailand F6 Futures, Nonthaburi
August 14: Portugal F16 Futures – Sintra
Career High: 659 (Singles), 721 (Doubles)
FINAL – GOMA OPEN
Dennis Indondo (DRC) defeated
Duncan Mugabe (UGA) 6-4, 6-3