The incredibly triumphant and inspirational story of Professional Golf and Tennis Player, Patrick Olobo. Mr. Olobo faced many challenges including concentration camps, homelessness and the loss of his brother at the hands of LRA Rebels in his homeland of Uganda. However his parents resigned to the fact that he would have it better and took action; so did Olobo.
Ugandan Tennis Pro Patrick Olobo tells his compelling story of extreme poverty, concentration camp, the loss of his brother at the hands of LRA Rebels, and a drive to succeed for a better life. His answer to a better life: professional tennis.
Resilient in learning and mastering the sport, Patrick’s largest challenge was not the clay tennis courts or not having shoes (for he played barefoot on the clay), but instead was finding tennis rackets and tennis balls. Through hard work, relentless practice, and focus, Patrick developed quickly in the sport, despite the lack of basic essentials.
At 16 years old, he was Uganda’s rising tennis protégé. Playing the six-year undisputed champion, John Oduke, in the Uganda Open Tennis Tournament was the turning point for Olobo. Immediately after finishing his high school finals, Patrick headed to the capital city for his semi-final against John Oduke. They played, and Patrick won 7-6 (15-13), 5-7, 6-4.
This game brought the young player to the notice of every tennis fanatic. After that night, Patrick Olobo was hailed as the ‘New Tennis Protégé’ with his picture headlining the newspaper’s front page. Patrick went on to win the Ugandan Open and sky-rocketed from that point.
After playing and winning against John Oduke once more in the Stanbic Bank Open, Patrick became Uganda’s #1 tennis player. His skills as a professional tennis player opened the door to opportunity in the United States of America. Participating in the Davis Cup earned Patrick Olobo a scholarship in the United States (California). Tennis brought him the sweet smell of opportunity and a better life for himself and his family back home.
Patrick Olobo played in Open tennis tournaments in Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, South Africa, Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, Nigeria, Madagascar, Lesotho and Sierra-Leone. In Europe he played in Malta, Cyprus, Moldova, Belgium, San Marino, Austria, and Germany. Most of these tennis tournaments were Open Tennis Tournaments which offered good prize money and very good competition.
Kenya Open, Rwanda Open, Burundi Open, Tanzania Open, Lesotho Open, Zambia Open, and Botswana Open were all tennis tournaments he enjoyed playing every year. Patrick Olobo played tennis professionally for many years in various countries, including the United States.
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