Ikoyi Club smashers file out for honours in Accra

The international tennis contest between the Ikoyi Club players and their host, Accra Lawn Tennis Club continues today at the tennis courts of the Ghanaian club. Rita Nwanye and Aminat Lawal are the female players expected to be in action this evening in Accra. Also, Jibunor Walter, Ohgunseye Oguniyi, Adedayo Shobitan, Obafemi Olugbenga, Chinedu Okwuosa, Bola Ayorinde, Hilary Eledu and Bimbo Okubena will be on duty in the male cadre of the international tennis fiesta. Others expected to feature are  Nwaokolo Ekenedilichukwu, Ebhohimen Pascal, Okoronkwo Banabas, Ajayi Olakunle, Effiong Iyang…

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Rainoil Tennis Open: Imeh, Emmanuel, Quadre power into quarterfinals

Men’s singles defending champion, Joseph Imeh and Nigeria’s number one player, Sylvester Emmanuel continued with their impressive runs at the on-going Rainoil Tennis Open, recording victories in their respective games to coast into the quarterfinals. Playing in yesterday’s third round fixture against his doubles partner, Christian Paul, who is seeded 13, Imeh had to dig in deep to win at 7/6 (3), 5/1(rtd)  to move closer to the title race. It was a tight first set, however, Paul’s level tailed off in the second set as he retired due to…

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Tennis: Federer, Zverev Mexico City match breaks world attendance record

Broadcaster ESPN claimed a new world record for attendance at a tennis match on Saturday, with more than 42,000 people watching Germany’s Alexander Zverev go down 6-3, 4-6, 2-6 to Roger Federer in an exhibition match in Mexico City. That smashed an almost decade-old record of 35,681 set at an exhibition game between Belgian Kim Clijsters and Serena Williams in Belgium in 2010, reports Reuters. ESPN put the exact number of fans in Mexico City’s bullring at 42,517. Even before Saturday’s match, Federer had announced his intention to set a…

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PUMA Engineering W/Chair Tennis:Team Nigeria eyes dominant outing

Nigerian players have declared their intent to dominate the 2nd PUMA Engineering Wheelchair Tennis Open Championship billed to serve off October 29 – November 2 at the National Tennis Centre, Abuja. A number of Nigerian players have been fine-tuning strategies for the tournament at the National Stadium in Lagos and are scheduled to wrap up their last-leg of training this weekend before heading to the venue of the tournament expected to feature players from at least five African countries. Two-time Paralympian, Wasiu Yusuf, is upbeat of making a more meaningful…

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Hemery, Bhatia win Lagos Open Tennis

The 2019 Lagos Open Tennis Championship ended on Monday with France-born Nigerian player, Calvin Hemery and Indian Riya Bhatia winning the men and women’s singles respectively. The finals, which was shifted 24 hours because of heavy downpour in Lagos metropolis on Sunday, was the climax of the second leg of the ITF World Tennis Tour at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan. Frenchman Hemery won the tournament back to back as he was the winner of the first leg. Interestingly, his opponent in Monday’s final was the same Bosnia Herzegovina…

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Lagos Open Tennis: Gallant Oyinlomo Qaudre loses to Ukrainian star

The only Nigerian standing in the ongoing 2nd leg Lagos Open Tennis, Barakat Oyinlomo Quadre was unable to survive the superior power of her Ukrainian opponent, Strakhova Valeriya in their quarter final match decided Friday afternoon at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan. Morroco-based Quadre, who had on Thursday broken a record as the only Nigerian woman player to have qualified to the quarter final level of the ITF World Tour in Lagos, played a determined game against the Ukrainian. This earned her a 7-5 win in the first set;…

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Lagos Open Tennis: Genesis Academy to organise clinic/tournament for youths

Nigerian youths are to enjoy moments of training and tournament in the ongoing 2019 Lagos Open Tennis at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan courtesy of the partnership between the Local Organising Committee  and Genesis Tennis Academy, Arizona, USA. Convener of the youth clinic, former Nigerian tennis champion, Jonathan Igbinovia, told journalists on Thursday that the clinic and mini tournament became very important in order to bring back the lost glory of the sport as was in his playing days in Nigeria before he retired. According to him, the LOC…

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Lagos Open Tennis 2nd Leg: Quadre, Blessing scale first round hurdles

Two Nigerian players survived first round scare when the main draws of the second leg of 2019 Lagos Open Tennis served off on Wednesday at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan. Oyinlomo Quadre was too much for her opponent from Denmark, Dasam Divine Nweke, who she beat in straight sets of 6-0,6-0 to qualify for the second round in the women’s singles. Also Blessing Samuel made it to the second round after she beat compatriot Muhammed Jumai in another straight sets of 6-2, 6-1. Meanwhile, 20-year-old Aziz Ouakaa made a…

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Ikoyi Club thanks sponsors after tennis meet

Team Lekki have emerged the winners of the EKODC Team Tennis Championship which was rounded off at the weekend at the Ikoyi Club 1938 following a 10-7 win over Team Anifowoshe. Both teams who are from the  Blue Group set up a final meeting having triumphed over Team Ikate and Team Ademola in the semifinals  and it was Team Anifowoshe that seemed to be coasting home to victory following the 6-2, 6-2 doubles win by Ishmael Nwokocha and Sesan Dada over Labisi Abayomi and Chizoba Onuoha. With the scores tied…

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Lagos Open: Hemery, Nahimana win first leg

Calvin Hemery and Sada Nahimana have emerged the champions in the men’s and women’s singles of the first leg of the on-going 2019 Lagos Open Tennis Championship. On the centre court of the Lagos Lawn Tennis Court, Hemery, who is from France, defeated Aldin Sektic from Bosnia & Herzegovina 6-1, 6-2 in the final of the men’s singles. 16-year-old Nahimana from Burundi was the cynosure of all eyes after she defeated more experienced Brazil’s Laura Pigossi 2-6, 6-4, 6-3. Laura Pigossi from Brazil paired India’s Rutuja Bhosale to beat the…

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