The 2019 season in Nigeria will take full flight in a short while. Here’s the rundown of the programme of activities for the year, in which players, officials and members of the NTF will participate in. Also, note that arrangements for some tournaments are still in the pipeline, and as a result will not be included here.
In January, there was the ITF/CAT West & Central Africa Junior Individual & Team’s qualifying event, which held from 7-15 in Lome, Togo.
While February was free of activities, March will see the ITF/CAT West & Central Africa Junior Team’s Competition hold in Benin Republic from 3rd through to the 7th. There will be an officiating course in Abuja from the 21st – 24th and a coaching course in Lagos will follow immediately from the 24 – 3 April. Meshed in-between those courses is the ITF/CAT Africa Junior Tennis Championships for 14 & Under, which will hold in South Africa from the 24th through to the 28th.
The 3rd edition of the 12 & Under West and Central event will hold in March, also, at a yet-to-be-determined date and venue.
The ITF World Tour will take its annual three-week stop in Abuja, in the month of April. From 7 – 28th, player from all over the world will storm the nation’s capital in search of $75,000 in total prize money and vital ATP/ITF ranking points at the Tombim Open, Dayak Tennis Championships and the GSL Opens. While the ITF event is underway, the junior players will be in North Africa, seeking top honours at the African Junior Tennis Championships, which will take place in Tunisia from 9 – 14.
A 10-day coaching course will hold in Enugu from 14 – 24 and a 2-day Annual General Meeting (Africa) will follow, from 24 – 26 at a yet-to-be-determined venue.
The 41st edition of the CBN Open will light up the month of May, from 9 – 18, that could either be in Lagos or Abuja. An NTF board meeting will hold in the same month.
June will be a busy month, with the NCC Tennis League serving off, the Davis Cup taking place in Kenya, and the African Games holding in Morocco. The ITF/CAT West & Central event for 12 & Under will also take place. And then, we will have the 1st Africa Beach Games, which will hold in Sal, Cape Verde from 14 – 23.
In August, the 2nd edition of the Vemp Open will take place in Abuja, while the one-week ITF U-18 event and the AJC 12 & Under event will both hold in Cairo, Egypt.
The National Youth Games will hold in Ilorin in September, and the two-week ITF West & Central Africa U-18 event will take place in Benin Republic and Togo. There will also be an ITF Annual General Meeting from the 6th to the 16th.
In October, the ITF World Tour will return to Nigeria, this time for the $100K Lagos Open, which will take place in Onikan from 4 – 19. A board meeting will follow almost immediately in Lagos, still on the 19th. From 24th to 2nd November, the inaugural edition of the FCT Open will take place in Abuja.
The Dala Hard Court Tennis Championships in Kano, the 1st edition of the TMC Tennis Major, which will hold in Lagos, and the ITF/CAT U-14 & 16 Tennis Can, will all hold in November.
In December, there will be a board meeting in Lagos, the Play Your Age 12, 14 & Under event in Abuja, and an Umpire Seminar Annual General Meeting in Lagos. The 3rd edition of the Rainoil Open in Lagos will bring the curtain down on national tournaments for the 2019 season.
An NTF Award Night will also take place in December.