Reports reaching Naija Tennis Special have it that female Nigerian tennis stars; MaryLove Edwards and Oyinlomo Quadri are among the Nigerian players who have stormed Tunisia for the Fed Cup championship.
The Nigerian players, it was gathered, qualified for the team tournament after their exploits in Togo early in 2017 and their participation is expected to further strengthen junior tennis in the country and indeed West Africa.
|MaryLove Edwards and Quadri will strive to ensure Nigeria’s participation in this year’s tournament yields positive fruits.|
Rebecca Ekpenyong is the only other Nigerian player to join the players for the tournament in Tunisia, having performed impressively during the tournament in Togo, and caught the eyes of the coaches.
MaryLove’s participation may have been as a result of her sterling performances in the past few weeks where she reached the finals of the CBN Senior Open before losing to star player, Sarah Adegoke in two straight sets.
|MaryLove (right) flanked by Coach Abel Ubiebi and Rebecca (left) enroute to Tunisia for the tournament.|
She also stunned bookmakers to become the youngest Nigerian player ever (at the age of 12) to be ranked fourth in the national rankings which was released a few weeks after the national tennis open.
Quadri on her part, will strive to consolidate on her already blossoming rating as one of Africa’s most enterprising and outstanding junior tennis stars after turning eyes in recent ITF tournaments and breaking records in an unprecedented manner.
Naija Tennis Special gathered that the players were taken to the North African country by respected and experienced junior tennis coach, Abel Ubiebi.