#TennisAid 2015: back to Uganda

#TennisAid 2015: back to Uganda

We told you the story of Martin and Abel’s charity trip to Uganda last year, last month Martin went back to Uganda, to provide sports equipment and tennis lessons to children in need. Pictures and words by Martin:

This shirt was signed by the Spanish Davis Cup team (Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Fernando Verdasco, David Marrero and Conchita Martinez) who defeated Denmark last September, and put up on auction. The proceed of the auction helped fund TennisAid’s trip to Uganda:

#TennisAid 2015: back to Uganda

Back with the kids in Uganda:

#TennisAid 2015: back to Uganda

The moment I’ve been waiting for so long: this meeting with my favorite pupil, Siyama. The best way to start this new adventure:

#TennisAid 2015: back to Uganda

Back to Bukoto with Maggie on a rainy afternoon:

#TennisAid 2015: back to Uganda

Plan B on a rainy afternoon: indoor tennis in the dining hall of the Ntinda School for the Deaf. 26 kids played tennis in perfect order and discipline, these kids (all of them deaf) are magical.

#TennisAid 2015: back to Uganda

The bracelet #TennisAid sold to raise money for the foundation:

#TennisAid 2015: back to Uganda

Last day at the Ntinda School for the Deaf. Like last year, it’s very difficult to leave these faces. Impossible to forget.

#TennisAid 2015: back to Uganda

Playing tennis near the Mandela Stadium:

#TennisAid 2015: back to Uganda

#TennisAid 2015: back to Uganda

#TennisAid 2015: back to Uganda

Of all the beautiful things that happened to me this important and intense year with trips, recognition, change of club, countless expressions of love and where I celebrate my 25 years as a coach, I’ll take this gift: Siyama gave me his pen last year, this year he gave me his eraser and his father, like any Ugandan, loyal and grateful, gave me his Medal of Honor of the police. Exciting. These people have stolen my heart forever.

#TennisAid 2015: back to Uganda

#TennisAid 2015: back to Uganda

#TennisAid 2015: back to Uganda

Also read:
#TennisAid Uganda: the story of Martin Rocca
#TennisAid Uganda: the project
#TennisAid Uganda: the funding
#TennisAid: the arrival in Uganda
#TennisAid Uganda: the Ntinda School for the Deaf
#TennisAid: the second day in Uganda – the Shimoni Primary School
#TennisAid third day in Uganda
#TennisAid fourth day in Uganda

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