CBN Open, AJC Tourney Light Up 2nd Quarter


Like the first quarter of the 2010, the second quarter of the year was a busy period  for Nigerian tennis.

During the quarter under review, the African Junior Tennis Championship was  organised in Abuja. The country played host to more than 200 junior players across  the continent. It was also during this period that the 32nd Central Bank of Nigeria,  CBN Senior Open Championship was organised.

Ten male and female players were the Nigerian ambassadors at the AJC tourney, which  was held in April at Package B of the National Stadium, Abuja.

Players like Edward Christopher, Mohammed Mohammed, Emmanuel Idoko and Christian  Paul did Nigerian proud in the two-week event that was attended by the president of  International Tennis Federation, ITF, Franscesco Ricci Bitti.

The ITF boss used the occasion to call on the Federal Government of Nigeria to put  to good use the world standard facilities at the Abuja National by organising  regular tournaments to keep the players busy. He applauded the excellent hosting of  the AJC by Nigeria Tennis Federation, NTF.

It was also in the second quarter of the year that Nigeria went to a woeful outing  at the Davis Cup Zone 2 promotional championship in Morocco. The country’s  representative of four players could not secure a promotion ticket from Zone 3, as  they could not withstand the heat from their opponents in the tourney.

Thirteen countries took part in the championship. The country included Botswana,  Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Benin, Algeria, Congo, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco,  Nigeria, Rwanda, Tunisia and Zimbabwe.

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The FHA tennis club in FESTAC Town, Lagos, Nigeria held the 10th edition of Ladder  Tournament. The week-long championship was put together to showcase tennis artistry  among members of the club. Edu Ofoegbu won the Men’s Singles event of the tourney,  while he paired with Didimakon Charles to beat Lucky Edovie and Okey Ugboaja to win  the doubles’ event of the competition.

The 2010 CBN Open climaxed the tennis activities in the second quarter of the year.  A total of N6 million was dangled at the players as prize money in the only  surviving tennis championship in the country. More than 200 players registered for  the competition, but the closing day of the championship was a glorious day for  Sunday Emmanuel and Fatima Abinu who won the Men and Women’s Singles trophies  respectively.

Emmanuel, apart from the men’s trophy he won, took home the sum of N600, 000, while  Abinu, who defended her Women’s Singles title, was also a proud winner of N400, 000.

The international scene was taken by storm by the American tennis star, Serena  Williams, who showed the world that she is not only good at playing tennis, but good  at doing other sports.

The former world number one women player was seen at the Miami Beach in the USA  playing American football with her friend. This drew the attention of the media who  reported the exploit of the younger sister of Venus with glamour.

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