Nigeria’s number one female tennis player, Oyinlomo Quadre, has been advised to have a control over her emotions when she’s on the court.
This advice was given by, Shina Atilola, a tennis enthusiast and member of the Victoria Garden City (VGC) Tennis Club, after watching her play an exhibition match against Michael Ayoola on Sunday, 9 August, 2020.
Atilola who organized the exhibition match for both junior players, noted that the youngster has to work on her emotions on the court, to avoid losing matches she would have easily won.
“Oyinlomo has a very powerful forehand, and you could see that anytime she played that forehand, they were winners. That’s one.
“Two, Oyinlomo showed that she is very fit, and that stands her out,” he told Nigeria Tennis Live.
While explaining why the youngster must work on her emotions, Mr. Atilola said: “Oyinlomo, going international now, must learn to manage her emotions. The second set would have ended earlier, but because she was emotionally destabilized and that reflected in her game. It took her a whole lot before getting back into the game.
“As a professional player, I expected her to always manage her emotions, and also manage expectations from the crowd.”
On the outcome of the exhibition match, the tennis supporter explained that there are already talks for the youngster to get sponsorship.
“The way discussions have started going now, people have started signifying interests to get her sponsor. She’s been one of our best, and I’ll tell you that in Nigeria, we’ve been struggling to produce players that can play internationally.
“Not because we don’t have good players that are talented, however, they don’t have sponsorship and encouragement.
“This is Oyinlomo’s time and I don’t want us to miss this opportunity. I’m convinced that as many who agree to sponsor her, in a year’s time, we will celebrate Oyinlomo, because she must have drawn Nigerian map on the sands of time and also on the world map,” he stated.