Tennis - Retired American tennis star Vania King is currently in Uganda on a sports outreach programme, according to Chimpreports.com. King says the purpose of her trip is to encourage youngsters to take up the sport. In an exclusive interview to the website, King says, "My goal is not to create 200 champions today but it is an opportunity to give them a racket , go and have fun.
If in their heads they think they can do more of this, then we can go from there. When they get to the point when they are playing national tournaments or on a high level, then they can start thinking of going outside. Right now, it's important that they have a strong base at home.
King is aware that tennis is an expensive sport. "There are not enough resources at all, enough facilities and not enough help. It is like catch 22." King was attracted to the programme by Barefoot lawyers work with underprivileged communities.
The project attracted over 200 children from underprivileged areas. The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Tour also helped with the programme - by donating over 120 rackets while Judy Murray donated an assortments of goodies for the children.
The 30-year-old King won the 2010 Wimbledon and US Open tournaments with partner Yaroslava Shvedova. She peaked at No. 3 in the doubles rankings in June 2011. In singles, she peaked at No. 50 in the rankings and won 1 WTA Tour singles title.