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New tennis tourney debuts

A new national tennis championship, the Midwestern Oil and Gas Junior Tennis Championship, has been added to the Nigerian tennis calendar, with the inaugural event scheduled for May 12 to 18 at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club.

The championship, which is part of the ITA Junior Tennis Circuit, will feature boys and girls singles events in four age groups – 10, 12, 14 and 16.

Mr. Sanni Ndanusa, President of the Nigeria Tennis Federation, commended  Midwestern  Oil and Gas for their sponsorship of the tournament, saying it “will go a long way to consolidate the focus on junior tennis development as a means of laying the right foundation for producing world-class players in the future.”

The Managing Director of Midwestern Oil and  Gas, Mr. Adams Okoene, said, “We are happy to contribute our quota to the various efforts to engage and empower our youths, and sports is a truly veritable tool to accomplish that.”

The tournament has been scheduled to run alongside the CBN Senior National Championship with the Midwestern final coming up a day after the CBN final.

Ndanusa, who is also the President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee added, “Both tournaments running side by side will give the young kids an opportunity to see the standard at the senior level and aspire to attain and surpass that in record time.”

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