Exciting times are just around the corner yet again as the NCC Tennis League prepares to click the 2018 season into gear.
Prior to the commencement of the league, an avenue for junior players to prove their mettle will be provided by organizing a competition for the youngsters. Aside serving as a medium of exposure for the young players, this is done to enable participating teams, who are in need of junior stars to complete their squad, make proper choices.
The competition for the juniors would not be invitational as disclosed by the director of the International Tennis Academy, ITA, Godwin Kienka.
“We’re the only tournament in the world that is open, non-limit. As long as you’re within the age and you can play,” Kienka told TennisNG.
“People abused it before, but now when they come, if you haven’t played before, you have to do a basic test of serve, rally and all that, before we can get you into it,” the director added.
The age range is 10, 12, 14, 16, & 18. Players above 18 can not play.
According to Kienka, the junior tournament, which was earlier slated for the last week of March, has been rescheduled for the first week of April as a result of the Easter Holidays.
On the actual date of commencement of the League, which is sponsored by the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, the director said: “No date yet, but we’re looking to start somewhere end of April.”
“We want to start a bit early this year, but it depends on the sponsors perfecting everything before then… Once we get the greenlight, we’ll go.”
The NCC Tennis League offered N23 million in prize money last season and was held in seven different states across Nigeria.