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NIGERIA MAJOR: TOP RANK TENNIS STARS SET FOR LAGOS TENNIS CUP

The commercial city of West Africa business hub Lagos will host the 2nd edition of the Lagos Tennis Cup scheduled to serve- off from September 27 to October 2, 2022 at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.

The tournament which debuted in 2021 featuring some top ranked Nigeria tennis players will this year bring the sport’s top eight men’s and women’s players in the country, as ranked  by the Nigerian Table Tennis Federation.

Defending men’s champion Uche Oparaoji, who is ranked 6th and women’s champion and top seed Marylove Edwards will continue their quest to retain the titles with the hunger to win the top prize of one of the Nigeria Tennis Majors. The champions in both categories will earn half a million naira each, while the runners –up will go home with a quarter of a million naira. Each player gets N50, 000 to help with welfare, while the early stage- first round exit one earns an additional N50, 000.

Meanwhile, other Nigeria’s top stars expected at the ‘Naija’ Tennis Major are top seed and Nigeria’s No.1 Henry Atseye, number four ranked Nonso Madueke, fifth rank Lawal Peter and seventh ranked Thomas Otu, all from Abuja.

While Lagos which has in recent time been under the shadow of Abuja base tennis top ranked players will have teen star, Wilson Igbinovia, who leads a two-man Lagos cast that include Philip Abayomi.

Wilson is currently ranked number two and expectation is high from his fans considering his background and history, which his family has produced tennis talents, including his uncle and former Nigeria number one, Jonathan Igbinovia.

The 19 year-old will have his Lagos fans as an advantage, having been mentoring at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club with his father, a member of the club.

The number ninth ranked Owerri – based Chima Michael is another player that will be at the Lagos show, while third seed Imeh Joseph is reportedly suspended.

Tennis in Nigeria was hugely a popular sport producing Nduka Odizor and Jonathan Ogbinovia in the past. And this year’s competition organisers believe it will inspire the next generation of tennis talents with the effort of the organisers of the Abuja Tennis Cup and Lagos Tennis Cup. 

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