The Zenith Bank sponsored “Next Generation” Junior Tennis Masters begins with lot of excitement among participants in Lagos at the National Stadium’s tennis centre.
The Junior Masters tournament will feature top eight players, 18 years and under for both boys and girls. The eight boys invited for the Masters include; Michael Oshewa (Boy’s 18 champion), Godgift Timibra, Stephen Augustine, Tochukwu Ezeh, Michael Ayoola, Emma Jebutu, Philip Abayomi and Gabriel Friday (winner of the Boy’s 16 title at the CBN Junior Championship), Mathew Abamu (the runner-up will be on standby as alternate).
The girl’s category comprise of; Oyin Quadre (a semi-finalist at the African Junior Championship Girl’s 16), Favour Moses (winner of CBN Junior Championship), Omolade Aderemi, Omolayo Bamidele, Toyin Asogba, Kasara Adegboyega, Mariam Alli-Balogun, Rebecca Ekpeyong and Oiza Yakubu (winner of the Girl’s 14 event at the CBN Juniors will serve as alternate).
According to Godwin Kienka, director of the International Tennis Academy and organisers of the tournament, he said: “All the players are in town for the Masters while others who missed the mark are asking to be included. A Masters is a Masters and only the best, based on their performance in the last one year, can qualify.”
“That is actually the whole idea. The juniors are going to take their training much more seriously and work really hard to qualify next year. There is no doubt that this tournament will help fast track the development process. The tournament will have the players divided into two round robin groups of four with the top two finishers playing a cross semifinals.”