Hostilities at the Tombim Abuja Open will get underway on Monday, 16 April. Players from all over the world would jostle for ATP ranking points and $25,000 in prize-money.
It’s surely going to be a week of sizzling tennis action. Still and all, let’s make a rundown of five things you probably didn’t know about the Tombim Abuja Open.
Did you know?
1. The Tombim Abuja Open, a $25,000 prize-money tournament is single-handedly sponsored by Mr. Edmond Ajoge. Edmond Ajoge is the MD/CEO of Tombim Nigeria Limited. The company is the first wholly indigenous company to undertake and successfully overhaul specialised equipment on behalf of ExxonMobil.
2. Moses Michael is the only Nigerian player to have reached the quarterfinals of this ITF Futures event. He achieved this unrivalled feat at the first edition in 2015.
3. During the first edition of the Tombim Abuja Open, four years ago, from not having a single Nigerian player ranked in the world, five Nigerian players became internationally ranked in one day. Incredible!
4. In 2015, the Tombim Abuja Open became only the second ITF Futures tournament to be hosted in Nigeria, and first, in Abuja, the nation’s capital. The first ITF Futures tournament to be held in Nigeria is the $100,000 prize-money Lagos Governor’s Cup.
5. In 2016, Egyptian Mohamed Safwat became the first and only African to win the Tombim Abuja Open, when he beat top-seeded Bosnian Aldin Setkic 6-4, 4-2(ret.) in the final.
And now, we’re in for another edition. Let the rackets swing, let the grunts be heard and, let history be made.