Coach Abel Ubiebi has revealed the secrets behind the record-breaking feat of his player, Oyinlomo Quadri, at the recently concluded ITF U-18 Championships in Benin Republic and Togo.
In an exclusive chat with Naija Tennis Special, the highly-revered and experienced coach who was on hand to cheer his player up during the tournament, stated that they train for an average of six hours daily, and that he was not surprised when his girl started with the upsets.
Quadri and her coaches.
“Well, I feel very very good. It’s a big record,” he started.
Recalling how one of his players, Joseph Imeh (in 2013) entered three finals only to lose in one, Coach Abel as he is fondly called, expressed his happiness at seeing his girl set the record by winning two finals emphatically.
“This time around, my girl player is creating record.
“I feel really good and for her to beat all comers including seeded player, shows that we have the talents in Nigeria.
“The challenge is just that they are not having enough exposure,” the coach added.
While explaining the factors he believes were responsible for her enviable feat in Togo and Benin, the coach believes her training and obedience to instructions helped her a lot, adding that they train for an average of six hours everyday.
He said: “She is very very dedicated now with maturity. She never jokes with her training and follows game plans. As per training, she was really ready to give all her time into practising since she returned from the ITF center about four months ago.
“We train for an average of six hours everyday. We really worked on her mental toughness this period and this enhanced her standard of tournament attitude.”
Naija Tennis Special will follow up her new ranking in the coming days and present them to you as well as the youngster’s chances of playing in the junior US Open.