The main action for the 2020 edition of the Central Bank of Nigeria-sponsored Senior Open Tennis Championship serves-off today at the Tennis Complex of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.
The championship which is in its 42nd edition is aimed at ensuring that young talents are given a veritable platform to represent the nation at continental and international tennis tournaments.
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Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department, CBN, Osita Nwanisobi, and the President, Nigerian Tennis Federation, Engr. Dayo Akindoju said in a pre-tournament briefing in Abuja that the CBN recognized the critical role of the youth in nation-building, hence it was doing all within the limits of its mandate to encourage the empowerment of the Nigerian youth.
He, therefore, urged the youth in the country to take advantage of all the intervention programmes of the apex bank to enhance the quality of their lives as well as contribute to the economic prosperity of Nigeria.
He also tasked participants at the competition to take the opportunity of the Championship to exhibit their talents, with a view to showcasing them at tournaments locally and internationally.
Nigerian Pilot Sports gathered that the ministry of youth and sports development would be on the ground to work with CBN and NTF at the event to ensure that good and talented tennis athletes are discovered properly nurtured.
NTF boss, Akindoju said this year’s competition, which is holding five months after its original scheduled date, due to the global impact of the coronavirus pandemic attracted over 250 players, with the duo of Sylvester Emmanuel and Oyinlomo Quadri leading the men’s and women’s seeds respectively.
He explained that in line with the COVID-19 protocols put in place by the Nigerian government, the number of spectators at the one-week tournament will be restricted in order to check any possible spread of the virus in Nigeria.
While disclosing an upward review in the prize money for the preliminary rounds, Akindoju said participants will slug it out for honours in the men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, wheelchair men’s singles, and wheelchair women’s singles categories.
Winners in the men’s and women’s singles categories are expected to pocket N700,000 each, while runners-up will each receive the sum of N350,000.
Winners in the men’s and women’s wheel-chair categories are to receive the sum of N250,000 each, just as the winners in the doubles categories are expected to receive N220,000.
The final of the competition comes up on November 14.
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