The very best of Nigerian tennis will be on display as 2017 NCC Tennis Cup holds across the country.
The tournament which started on the 27th of July at the National Stadium, Surulere, comprises 12 teams as opposed the 10 that competed for the final prize of 7 million naira last year.
This year, a play-off format that involved the 3 teams outside the top 11 was used to determine the 12th team. The teams included in the playoffs are Team Police College (Ikeja), Team Oluyule (Ibadan), and Team Anambra (Onitsha). The teams’ collective ranking was used to determine which teams went through the play-offs.
In the end, it was Team Oluyole that came in through qualifiers, beating Team Police College and Team Anambra to the 12th spot in the main draw.
The NCC Tennis League comprise two groups: the Blue Group and the White Group.
The teams under the Blue category are Team Civil Defence, Team Kalotari, Team Muller, Team Optiweb, Team VGC Lions and Team Oluyole.
The teams under the White category are Team Offikwu, Team Ndoma-Egba, Team Goshen, Team CBN Futures, Team Yetade, and Team Tech Vibe.
The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, said the tournament which has entered its third edition, has attracted best home and foreign tennis players. He further said, “we are proud to have taken tennis to locations where high quality tennis has not taken place in a long time.”
This year, the League is offering prizes worth 23 million naira. The winner will walk away with 7 million naira, while the runner-up will get 5 million naira, while 3rd and 4th placed teams will get 3 million naira and 2 million naira, respectively. All 12 teams were given to 500,000 naira each for preparations.
The Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung has praised the NCC for embracing sports initiative. He has also called on other government agencies to emulate the NCC by integrating sports in their activities.