Joseph Imeh and Sarah Adegoke won the TennisNG’s 2017 Men’s and Women’s Player of the Year awards, respectively, for their outstanding performances all year round.
Imeh had a superb season; winning the Rainoil/Ikoyi Club 1938 Masters Tennis Championships in February; and then finishing as runner-up at the CBN Tennis Championships in June, the Dala Hard Court Tennis Championships in November and the Rainoil Tennis Open in December.
Despite falling just short in those finals, the 20-year-old stood out with his year-round consistency, repeatedly churning out deep runs through the course of the season.
Also, Imeh played a pivotal role as his team, Muller finished runners-up to Team Civil Defence at the NCC Tennis Cup, and was subsequently adjudged the Most Outstanding Player at the league’s grande finale in December.
Skillful, consistent, and ingenious, the Cross River State-indigene is a deserving winner. Still at a young age, with a promising future, we’re assured more of his entertaining genius.
Sarah Adegoke was almost unplayable in 2017- save the Dala Hard Court Tennis Open where she finished as runner-up, she swept clean all national tournaments this year, and also captured the McDan Open in Ghana.
Nigeria’s no. 1 started the year with victory at the Rainoil/Ikoyi Club 1938 Masters Tennis Championships in February, before going on to win the McDan Open in Accra, in May; the CBN Tennis Championships in June, and the Rainoil Tennis Open in December.
Adegoke, 20, was the only player – both male and female – to remain unbeaten throughout the NCC Tennis League season; playing a very significant role in helping her Team, Offikwu, finish third. She was recognized as the Most Outstanding Female Player at the grande finale in Lagos.
Still improving, her finer days are still ahead. Sit back, relax, and prepare to get enthralled!
Other notable awardees are:
Christopher Bulus, who emerged winner of the Young (Male) Player of the Year.
MaryLove Edwards emerged as the winner of the Young Player of the Year (Female)
Veteran, Abdulmumuni Babalola beat youngster Joseph Imeh to the 2017 Fans’ Favourite award, while the popular Sarah Adegoke narrowly edged Aanu Aiyegbusi to win the 2017 Fans’ Favourite award in a twitter poll conducted by TennisNG.
Coach Abel Ubiebi was given the Special Recognition Award for his outstanding contribution to the development of tennis in Nigeria.
Coach Ubiebi is the founder and coordinator of the Aces Tennis Academy, an academy that constantly churns out and develop young Nigerian players.
Although, the 2017 tennis season has ended, the wonders these players wrought in it would linger for a long, long time. But more have been promised…
Roll on 2018!