The CBN Junior Tennis Championship came to a close today at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan. The tournament which saw the participation of 215 players from the different age categories lived up to expectation and delivered stunning clashes.
It started as a one-way traffic in the Girls’ 16 & Under final as Ondo-based Omolade Aderemi raced to an early 4-0 lead against Favour Moses. Moses would, however, break Omolade to set the score at 1-4 and from there, dug deep to level up 4-4. The Kaduna-based youngster then clicked brilliantly into gear to stun Omolade 9-8, claiming the Girls’ 16 & Under title.
For her brilliant performances all week, Favour Moses was adjudged Most Outstanding Female Player of the tournament for the second time in a row.
In the Boys’ 16 & Under category, Gabriel Friday edged Matthew Abamu to lift the title, while Daniel Adeleye defeated Friday Peter in the Boys’ 14 & Under event.
The elder of the Yakubu sisters, Oiza, claimed the Girls’ 14 & Under title with victory over Chidinma Eze. Esther Oni was very disappointed as she lost to Afolabi Imole in the Girls’ 12 & Under category, while Ganiyu Mubarak came out on top against Phillip Yamara to cart away the Boys’ 12 & Under title and was also named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Male Player for his impressive displays all week.
In the Boys’ 10 & Under, Rivers State’s Precious Ikenwa defeated Segun Ogunsaki, while Nene Yakubu made it a second title for the Yakubu’s as she won the Girls’ 10 & Under event.
Speaking at the close of the event, the representative of the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports said, “The aim of the CBN Junior tennis championship is to AID (attract, identify and develop young talents) and it is also a feeder to the CBN Senior Tennis Championship in May, and we are so happy that we are achieving our objective.”
The representative also lauded the effects the tournament has on youngsters.
“Players like Marylove, McLeod and others are enjoying sponsorship in the US because of the success they’ve had at this tournament, which is a very good encouragement,” he added.
Alongside the trophies given to both winners and runners-up of the different categories, winners also carted away customized bags and rackets.