14th September, 2010
The 2010 edition of Ondo State National Tennis Open Championship commenced in AkureÂ yesterday.
The tournament was earlier scheduled to hold from 10-18 September, but has to be postponedÂ till this week due to logistic reasons.
According to the Secretary of Ondo State Tennis Association, Princess Jokotade Ojuolape,Â yesterday served asÂ arrival day for the officials and players as well as for theÂ registration of participating players. Today, the tournament will begin proper with 16Â players drawn in the womenâ€™s event, while the menâ€™s category has 16 players.
â€œIâ€™m happy to say that the 2010 Ondo State National Open has finally served off in Akure.Â The tournament will be played on the two renovated courts inside the Akure Township Stadium,Â while all logistics needed for a successful competition have been put in place,â€ saidÂ Princess Ojuolape.
â€œThe tourney is an invitational competition, but it is surprising that some of the playersÂ we did not invite came to Akure beggingÂ to be given an opportunity to play. Our hands areÂ tight because we only madeÂ provision for 48 players on the draws,â€ she said.
She said the government of Governor Olusegun Mimiko has given the association t theÂ necessary support to stage a memorable tournament which will end on 18 September.
â€œThere areÂ handsome prize moniesÂ for the winners. The sum of N200, 000 will go to theÂ winner in the Menâ€™s Singles, while the winner in the Womenâ€™s Singles will take home the sumÂ of N150, 000,â€ said Princess Ojuolape.
She, however, noted that the state is expecting three of herÂ players, Lanre Alayaki,Â Owolabi Idowu and Tosin Ogundele, to make a good impact in the weeklong competition.
Speaking on the championship, Secretary General of NTF, Nkana Mbora, saidÂ the federationÂ used the national rankings to seedÂ participating players. She assured that the NTFâ€™sÂ technical staffÂ are on ground to assist in the smooth organisation of the competition.