Rwanda’s Umulisa named International Tennis Club member

Rwanda’s Umulisa named International Tennis Club member

Former tennis player Joseline Umulisa has made history as the first Rwandan to become a member of International Tennis Club of the United States of America (USIC).

Umulisa was recognized for her dedication to improving the lives of Rwandan children through tennis and education through her development initiative dubbed ‘Tennis Rwanda Children’s Foundation (TRCF).’

The former Rwandan women’s top seed, on Tuesday, March 12, completed her 11-day trip to the United States where she was invited by BNP Paribas, an event attended by top tennis players including men’s world number one Novak Djokvic, and number two Daniil Medvedev and US Open champion Emma Raducanu among other renowned figures in the world tennis ecosystem.

Umulisa told Times Sport that the purpose of her trip was to share her inspirational story of how tennis helped her heal physically and emotionally after surviving the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

“It was a great experience as I had the opportunity to learn from the best. I was invited to share my story of survival after the genocide and how tennis aided in my physical and emotional healing of that tragedy,” she said in an interview.

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