The Nigerian Tennis League which started early this year and went on a periodic break, is back with a big bang, Naija Tennis Special can authoritatively report.
In some matches played over the weekend, Team Tombim mauled Team Anambra 6-1 in Abuja
The Abuja-based team which has former national champion Henry Atseye, within its ranks, outmuscled their Anambra counterparts in their second round robin match at the Abuja national stadium tennis courts.
|Henry Atseye is one of the players doing really well at the ongoing NCC Tennis League. Photo: Damilare Okunola|
Atseye beat Nnaemeka Achusim 6-2, 6-1 while Moses Michael beat Augustine Nwokedi 6-1, 6-2 in the first singles matches.
In the reverse singles, Henry Atseye defeated Tochukwu Ezeh 6-4, 6-2 and Moses Michael beat Chimezie Onyejiaka 6-2, 7-5.
The Anambra team fought back to win the mens doubles where Achusim and Nwokedi beat Christian Paul and Onyeka Mbanu in three sets.
Sarah Adegoke came through a difficult first set to beat Loveth Donatus 7-6, 6-2 and the pair of Paul and Christie Nwankwo wrapped up the tie sets victory over Achusim and Donatus in the mixed doubles.
|Some players and representatives of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) during the launch of the league early this year. Photo: Damilare Okunola|
The White group tie taking place in Port Harcourt has Team Kalotari leading the CBN Futures 2-0 before rain stalled proceedings and the match was stopped to be concluded much later.
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)-sponsored Tennis League which is offering a total prize of N11million with the winner taking home N5million is currently in the round robin phase.
Godwin Kienka, Director of the International Tennis Academy (ITA)- the body organising the competition- believes that the ongoing championship will further strengthen the game of tennis in the country, as well as keep the players fit throughout the year.
“The players will be better for it and Nigeria will also benefit from this continuous process,” he told Naija Tennis Special.