Nigerian tennis players have been described as those with potentials that can take on the rest of the world if given the right form of training and foundation.
This was the verdict of America’s Justin Jennings, who won an award in 2015 as one of the best junior tennis development resource persons during his visit to Nigeria to promote tennis as part of a project called “Better Africa Through Tennis.”
|Jennings is in the country for a workshop to promote tennis in Nigeria and Africa.|
Information obtained by Nigerian Tennis Live revealed that Jennings who arrived the country in company of Tolu Adeleye, a Nigerian born American citizen, is expected to run clinics for junior players of all levels and coaching courses alongside “absolutely free of charge.”
According to him: “There is strength in numbers and we are excited about the potential a huge country like Nigeria can have in world tennis. Great players coming out of Nigeria and indeed Africa can change the mindset of the youths amd impact their economy.”
Godwin Kienka, director of the International Tennis Academy (ITA) who organized the training in conjunction with the Nigeria Tennis Federation, also explained the mode of admission to each of the venues.
“Admission to the workshop for coaches and junior players at the Ikoyi Club is free and we hope many parents would bring their children so they can get the right start and motivation,” he said.
The clinic which started at the Ikoyi Club on Wednesday, 22 November moved to the Meadow Hall School in Lekki on Thursday 23 November, while the berthed at the Greensprings School also in the Lekki axis, on Friday, 24 November.
No fewer than 250 students were lined up each split into four or five sessions for all the activities that were carried out.
The program will be brought to a conclusion at the Ikoyi Club on Saturday, 25 November and Sunday, 26 November.