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Dala Hard Court Open 2018 prize money: How much will this year’s champion win?

The Dala Hard Court Tennis Championship, which is this season’s final national tournament, is underway in the ancient city of Kano. With the conclusion of the Rainoil Open in Lagos last week, home players have moved far north in search of vital NTF ranking points and a share of what the prize-money pot holds.

The overall prize pot for this year’s Dala Hard Court Tennis Championship stands at N7.1 million.

The men and women’s single’s champions will take home N1,000,000 and N600,000, respectively. The same amount Thomas Otu and Blessing Samuel carted away last year.

The runner-up in the men’s singles will earn N500,000, while the losing finalist in the women’s field will pocket N300,000, exactly half of what the winners take home. Semi-finalists in the men’s field will get N250,000 each for their week’s work, while the women’s semi-finalists will receive N150,000 each.

First round losers in the men’s singles will get N31,250 each for just setting a foot on court at the Kano Club, while in the women’s singles, the first round losers will earn N37,500 each. Quarter-finalists in the women’s will take home N75,000.

Losing in the second round in the men’s field guarantees you N62,500, while N125,000 are allocated to quarter-finalists each.

Men’s singles (Draw of 32)

Stage Prize money (naira)
Winner 1,000,000
Runner-up 500,000
Semi-finalists 250,000
Quarter-finalists 125,000
Second round losers 62,500
First round losers 31,250


Women’s singles (Draw of 16)

Stage Prize money (naira)
Winner 600,000
Runner-up 300,000
Semi-finalists 150,000
Quarter-finalists 75,000
First round losers 37,500

In the men’s doubles event, the winners (pair) will pocket N300,000 each (that is a total of N600,000), while runner-up gets N150,000 each. Semi-finalists will each receive N75,000, while quarter-finalists get N37,500 each. Losing your first round will earn you N18,250 each.

Thomas Otu and Blessing Samuel are defending champions and will face stiff competition in their bid to have a successful title-defense campaign. In the men’s field, Rainoil Open champion and top seed, Joseph Imeh leads the pack, with Sylvester Emmanuel and Abdulmumin Babalola chasing.

Last year’s finalist, Sarah Adegoke will seek to go one better this year, while 35-year-old Christie Agugbom, who agonizingly came up short in the final of the Rainoil Open last week in Lagos, will look to atone for her near miss.

Defending champion, Blessing Samuel will aim to close the year with a third straight national title, having claimed the Vemp Open title in September in Abuja, and the Rainoil Open last week in Lagos.

The Dala Hard Court Tennis Championship got underway on Monday, 19 November and will come to a close on Saturday, 24 November at the Kano Club, Kano.

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Adejoh Isaiah is a geologist, who's deeply intrigued in sports journalism, with the game of tennis being a major interest. He has a lifelong dream of achieving Grand Slam glory and lives in hope of Jose Mourinho winning the Champions League again. In his free time, he loves to rove.

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