The Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) over the weekend reaffirmed it’s desire to keep helping in the development of tennis in Nigeria by sponsoring and sustaining the Tennis Cup better known as The NCC Tennis League Cup.
The league started in 2015 has witnessed significant improvements in prize money and players performances, with the 2017 edition seeing the expansion of the teams to 12.
With mouth-watering cash prizes for the top four teams, the level of competition has risen, with teams slugging it out to outwit each other for the ultimate prize.
Last year’s star prize was won by Team Offikwu which was making its debut appearance that same year and mesmerized its way to the trophy with a 7 million Naira cash prize, while Team Tombim who emerged runner-up, got 5 million Naira for its courageous efforts.
Teams Civil Defence and FCT which placed third and fourth got 3 million Naira and 2 million Naira respectively.
And impressed with these giant strides over the last three years of the Tennis League, the NCC said it was satisfied with it’s involvement in the programme, promising to continue creating an enabling environment for a better future for Nigerian tennis players.
Speaking to reporters in Lagos, the Deputy Director of NCC, Jerry Ogwu had this to say, “we started sponsoring the Tennis League so as to draw awareness to Nigerian tennis and three years on, we are happy that our aim has been achieved because more teams are coming on board to participate in the league.
“The NCC believes that our vision for Nigerian players to become true world beaters will become a reality very soon and on our part, we will continue sponsoring the event”, said Ogwu.
The NCC Tennis League Cup is being run by the International Tennis Academy.