By Emmanuel Afonne
No fewer than 300 players are expected to compete in different categories in the 2023 edition of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Senior Open Tennis Championship.
Isa Abdulmumin, the Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department, CBN, stated this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja.
Abdulmumin said that the tournament would take place at the Tennis Complex of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, from May 18 to May 27.
He stated that players would compete in the men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles and women’s doubles, as well as in the wheelchair men’s singles and wheelchair women’s singles.
“The management of the CBN is committed to sustaining the sponsorship of the tournament, particularly as it remains a platform for discovering, harnessing and grooming young talents to represent Nigeria at various international tennis meets,” he said.
He urged participants to take the opportunity of the championship to display their talents.
Abdulmumin noted that the competition had over the years produced stars in the male and female categories such as Sunday Maku, David Imonite, Veronica Oyibokia-Iwebema, Clara Udofa and Christy Agugbom.
Other talents discovered were Sarah Adegoke, Sylvester Emmanuel and more recently, Imeh Joseph, Oparoji Uche, Nonso Madueke, Henry Atseye, Oyinlomo Quadri and Marylove Edwards, among others.
The CBN Senior Open Tennis Championship is the flagship tennis competition in Nigeria that serves as a selection ground for the country in preparation for major competitions such as Davis Cup and All Africa Games.
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