The city of Abuja will be the centre of attraction for Nigerian tennis as over 300 players are in to participate in the 40th edition of the CBN Senior Open Tennis Championship.
The tournament which will take place at the Tennis Complex of the National Stadium in Abuja will have its qualifying rounds kick off on Thursday, 21 June through to Sunday, 24 June, while the Main Draws will serve off on Monday, 25 June.
The draws for the men’s singles will be 128; the women’s, 64.
“Abuja will in the next few days host an array of tennis players from different parts of country,” the NTF President, Engr. Dayo Akindoju said during the press conference that was held on Tuesday, 19 June.
“This is the first time Abuja will be witnessing this, and it is with a bang as it marks the 40th year running of this national ranking tournament.”
Also, the Acting Director, Corporate Communication of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Isaac Okorafor, reiterated the tournament’s aim of discovering and nurturing talents.
“Since it’s inception in 1979, the objective of the CBN for this championship has been to discover tennis talents that could represent the country at major competition in Africa and beyond such as the Davis Cup and the All Africa Games” said Mr. Okaroafor.
“We can say confidently that this objective has been met as the championship has produced talented players that have gone on to represent the country at several local and international tournaments,” Mr. Okaroafor added.
The tournament will see the men’s and women’s singles winners cart away N700,000 each, while the runners-up of the two categories will get N500,000 each.
Abdulmumin Babalola is the defending champion in the men’s event, while 20-year-old Sarah Adegoke is the women’s defending champion and will very well fancy her chances of claiming back-to-back titles when she takes to court on Monday.