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woosey
Jan 3rd, 2009, 04:10 AM
The most interesting thing this channel will do all year. It's a documentary.

http://films.rexpix.net/augandatennisstory/mff_intro_3.html
http://www.thetennischannel.com/programs/net_film_detail.aspx?id=3727


Patrick Olobo, Uganda's top-ranked tennis player, was four when LRA rebels decimated his family's quiet life in Northern Uganda, forcing them to abandon their ancestral land.

The film accompanies Patrick during his last weeks in Uganda and first 2 years in the US, as his new life unfolds in unforeseen ways. The adjustment is not easy, and his tennis dream is threatened by the pressures of his new life, contingent upon sponsors and their expectations, and transformed by American culture. A young man straddling two disparate worlds, obstacles arise that put his status in the U.S. at risk. Throughout, Patrick is pressured by financial responsibilities to his family in Uganda, and a growing cultural divide with his Ugandan girlfriend.

Amalgamate
Jan 3rd, 2009, 04:14 AM
I just recorded this; I cannot wait to watch it!

woosey
Jan 3rd, 2009, 04:16 AM
i'll have to record it during the next broadcast in a couple of days. i just happened to be flipping through the guide and saw it. surprised the tennis channel actually has something like this. unfortunately, they did not do a good job of promoting it.

supergrunt
Jan 3rd, 2009, 04:34 AM
I saw it. It was very interesting but in a way sad. No one seemed to sure that he would have a future on the tour.

iPatty
Jan 3rd, 2009, 04:38 AM
I imagine this will get closed pretty soon but it is a pretty amazing documentary, I caught it a couple weeks ago. Enjoy.

woosey
Jan 3rd, 2009, 05:09 AM
i googled him.

he's a student at california baptist university. play on the tennis team - as of spring 08.

akosiirwyn
Jan 3rd, 2009, 07:58 AM
Here's an old (but good) internet article about him:
http://www.tennis.com/features/general/features.aspx?id=210

wales1994
Jan 3rd, 2009, 10:51 AM
is he world ranked?? cant find him on te ITF site?

wales1994
Jan 3rd, 2009, 10:52 AM
Never mind i thought his name was Somay KU :lol: