7th December, 2010
Like the first quarter of the 2010, the second quarter of the year was a busy periodÂ for Nigerian tennis.
During the quarter under review, the African Junior Tennis Championship wasÂ organised in Abuja. The country played host to more than 200 junior players acrossÂ the continent. It was also during this period that the 32nd Central Bank of Nigeria,Â CBN Senior Open Championship was organised.
Ten male and female players were the Nigerian ambassadors at the AJC tourney, whichÂ was held in April at Package B of the National Stadium, Abuja.
Players like Edward Christopher, Mohammed Mohammed, Emmanuel Idoko and ChristianÂ Paul did Nigerian proud in the two-week event that was attended by the president ofÂ International Tennis Federation, ITF, Franscesco Ricci Bitti.
The ITF boss used the occasion to call on the Federal Government of Nigeria to putÂ to good use the world standard facilities at the Abuja National by organisingÂ regular tournaments to keep the players busy. He applauded the excellent hosting ofÂ the AJC by Nigeria Tennis Federation, NTF.
It was also in the second quarter of the year that Nigeria went to a woeful outingÂ at the Davis Cup Zone 2 promotional championship in Morocco. The countryâ€™sÂ representative of four players could not secure a promotion ticket from Zone 3, asÂ they could not withstand the heat from their opponents in the tourney.
Thirteen countries took part in the championship. The country included Botswana,Â Ghana, Cote dâ€™Ivoire, Cameroon, Benin, Algeria, Congo, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco,Â Nigeria, Rwanda, Tunisia and Zimbabwe.
The FHA tennis club in FESTAC Town, Lagos, Nigeria held the 10th edition of LadderÂ Tournament. The week-long championship was put together to showcase tennis artistryÂ among members of the club. Edu Ofoegbu won the Menâ€™s Singles event of the tourney,Â while he paired with Didimakon Charles to beat Lucky Edovie and Okey Ugboaja to winÂ the doublesâ€™ event of the competition.
The 2010 CBN Open climaxed the tennis activities in the second quarter of the year.Â A total of N6 million was dangled at the players as prize money in the onlyÂ surviving tennis championship in the country. More than 200 players registered forÂ the competition, but the closing day of the championship was a glorious day forÂ Sunday Emmanuel and Fatima Abinu who won the Men and Womenâ€™s Singles trophiesÂ respectively.
Emmanuel, apart from the menâ€™s trophy he won, took home the sum of N600, 000, whileÂ Abinu, who defended her Womenâ€™s Singles title, was also a proud winner of N400, 000.
The international scene was taken by storm by the American tennis star, SerenaÂ Williams, who showed the world that she is not only good at playing tennis, but goodÂ at doing other sports.
The former world number one women player was seen at the Miami Beach in the USAÂ playing American football with her friend. This drew the attention of the media whoÂ reported the exploit of the younger sister of Venus with glamour.