The national Tennis Centre, Abuja will come abuzz from September 1 to 8 with the first edition of the Vemp Senior Open Tennis Championship.

The tournament which is expected to attract about 250 players from all parts of Nigeria will see participants compete in four categories namely Men’s Singles, Men’s doubles, Women’s singles and Women’s doubles,

Tournament Administrator, Maryam Akande disclosed that the tournament is being bankrolled by Nigeria Tennis Federation President, Ifedayo Akindoju with N 2.567, 000 as the total prize money for the men while that of the women is N1, 941, 000.

There will be two days of qualifiers for men which is in a Round of 64, while that of women will be Round of 32 with ITF bronze-badge referee, Saidu Musa as tournament Supervisor.

The main draw for men and women is 32, while the men’s double will also be a round of 32 draw. The women’s double will be a round of 16.

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“This is what we have been clamouring for, and I hope more tournaments will be in the tennis calendar,” Thomas Otu, one of Nigeria’s leading players said, in reaction to the new tournament.

Otu's view was shared by Ekiti state coach, Wunmi Ogunsakin who said regular tournaments will help Nigerian players develop with most of them unable to attend tournaments outside the country.

“This is good news for Nigerian tennis because we just had the CBN Open in July. What this means is that players can look up to play tournaments regularly which will help them focus on their training,”

Akande, the scribe of the NTF urged the players to take advantage of the tournament which she stressed will keep them in shape for the forthcoming Lagos Open Tennis Championship (formerly known as Governor’s Cup) coming up later in September.

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