Michael Aderogba, a Nigerian tennis coach based in the United Kingdom, has announced his imminent arrival in the country to watch Nigerian players in the second leg of the Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship.
No Nigerian player could make it beyond the second round of the $25,000+H pro-circuit serving the West and Central African region, as the competition for the top prize at this year’s edition became stiffer.
While the players are already smarting up after their disappointing first leg and are gearing up for the Futures 5, the man from the United Kingdom still believes there is hope for tennis in Nigeria and will be in the country to watch the players first hand and give them some moral support and technical advice.
|Michael Aderogba and some of the kids in his Academy during a training session.|
Nigerian Tennis Live exclusively gathered that Aderogba, the Managing Director of Apex Tennis Academy, will be in the country to meet with some tennis coaches as well as players during his stay as he believes that tennis will be great in Nigeria again.
The ever-smiling coach who was once a tennis player at the Federal Government College, Ilorin in Kwara State, where he actually picked up his tennis skills, will, during his visit, meet with administrators of the game as well.
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In a message he sent to our correspondent Thursday evening, Aderogba, a certified LTA coach, wrote: “I’m arriving from UK on Monday 16th October to watch Governors Cup and to network with fellow tennis coaches and administrators in Lagos.
“I hope to have useful discussions with you on coaching more youngsters in Nigeria. The plan is to have access to schools and train as many kids as possible because that’s the area we are focusing on, especially for the development of the sport in Nigeria.”
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Aderogba, a fully licensed coach in the UK having spent ten years coaching in schools, parks and clubs within London, also added: “I’ve scheduled meeting with Coach Abel and I’d like to meet as many people as possible. Nigerian Tennis is going to be great in this generation.
“I’m in contact with a few Nigerian born players and their families here like Esther Adeshina and Destiny and Essence Martins.”