The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has released the dates for the Futures 1-3 which ill hold in Nigeria’s Federal Capital, Abuja, from 16 April to 6 May.
Nigerian Tennis Live checks on the ITF website showed that the three-week long tournaments have been rubber stamped by the world’s highest tennis body, but the factsheet and registration deadline are yet to be set for interested players.
|Sylvester Emmanuel in action at the 2017 edition of the Futures 1-3.|
The three tournaments have the promo names; Tombim Open, Dayak Open and GSL Open all sponsored by Nigerians, one of whom is the current president of the Nigeria Tennis Federation, Engr. Dayo Akindoju.
Edmond Ajoge is also one of the sponsors of the Futures alongside Bayo Okusanya who also joined he league of Nigerians sponsoring major ITF Futures in the country.
At the last edition of the Futures in Abuja, many Nigerians made it to the Main Draws but were not so fortunate to progress beyond the Quarter Final stages.
Only Sylvester Emmanuel made it to the finals of the doubles where his partnership with French-born Nigerian, Calvin Hemery, could not give them the trophy.
Nigerian players, having had a really eventful 2017, will hope to get better this year and at least appear in one final of the ITF Futures, which Nigerian Tennis Live exclusively gathered may increase to about six in 2018.