Aluko, Edwards in good start
National junior champion, Nene Yakubu, will be among the players to attract attention on the second day of action at the Azimuth Shipping Lines Tennis Championship taking place in Lagos.
The 11-year-old has been one of the star prospects of Nigerian tennis at junior level and she is considered among the title favourites.
Her elder sister, Oiza, with lots of international experience having been consistently featured for Team Nigeria at ITF tournaments will lead the stage when the under 16 serves off on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Nathaniel Aluko and David Edwards both made a strong start in their quest for the boys 12 & under at the opening day of the tournament on Monday.
The boys and girls under 12 category kick-started the week-long tourney and Edwards, the junior sibling of Nigerian youngster, Marylove Edwards, made a bright start brushing Godwin Chibueze 4-0, 4-0 while Akiko showed great resilience fending off the challenge of Moyo Israel 4-4 ( 3), 4-1.
Among others who secured victory in the first round are in the girls event are Favour Amaechi, Khadijat Muhammed, Peace Agbeje, Success Ogundeji and Esther Lucky.
Joint coordinator of the tournament which would see top performers get trophies tennis equipment medals alongside educational grants, Richard Inyang, expressed satisfaction at the conduct of the participants despite a large match schedule.
He said: “We anticipated a lot of matches based on the entries we got and we are delighted that there were no hitches and this was made possible by the cooperation of the coaches who as well as the players who displayed great sportsmanship.”