Emerging tennis sensation, Oyinlomo Quadri will shoulder Team Nigeria’s hope for a memorable outing at the 2015 ITF Junior Championship in Morocco, which served-off Monday.
Timipre Maxwell and Mathew Abamu (both 11) complete the team.
According to the Nigeria Tennis Federation President, Engr. Sani Ndanusa, the trio departed the Lagos airport in the early hours of Saturday aboard Air Morocco and arrived the North African nation in the evening of the same day.
Quadre, 12, is the most experienced of the trio who were invited for the tournament after their impressive performance at the ITF West and Central African Circuit in Lome, Togo, early this year.
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“I’m looking forward to making Nigeria proud by doing very well in Morocco,” she said hours before her departure for the tournament which will attract over 60 players from over 20 African Countries.
Quadri, who is the best player in West Africa following her double triumph in Togo , will face stiff competition from top players from other regions.
On her part, Maxwell, who is based in Port Harcourt, has equally geared up her game as she emerged as the Most Valuable Player at the CBN Junior tournament in Lagos in May while Abamu has been identified as one of the country’s star prospects.
Meanwhile, another set of Nigerian team departed on Monday for the ITF/ West and Central African U16 Junior Championship slated for Benin and Togo from September 1- 20.
Angel Mcleod, Adetayo Adetunji, Martins Abamu, Sylvester Emmanuel and Sunday Emmanuel will fly Nigeria’s flag at the tournament under the watch of Coach Mohammed Ubale.