No fewer than 300 tennis players will be competing in the 2018 edition of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN Senior Open Tennis Championship scheduled to hold from June 21 to June 30, in Abuja.

President, Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF), Ifedayo Akindoju told a press briefing in Abuja on Tuesday that the championship would see about 200 male and 100 female tennis players in action.

CBN’s Acting Director of Corporate Communication, Isaac Okoroafor said the winners in the singles category for Men and Women would pocket 700,000 naira each, as over 10-million-naira total prize money, would be up for grabs.

“The runners-up in both the male and female categories will go home with 500,000 naira each,” he added.

Mr Okoroafor pointed out that the aim of the championship was to discover emerging tennis talents that could represent the country at major competitions in Africa and beyond.

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“This event has been helping the nation to discover talents in tennis, both male and female in the last forty years, such as Kehinde Ajayi, Osaro Amadin, Veronica Oyibokia, among others.

“A number of national players that have emerged through the competition testify to its relevance in sport development.

“CBN is passionate about youth development and will continue to do that as part of our Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR).

“We really appreciate the sustained support of NTF and members of the media for their good coverage since the beginning of the championship; you are good partners in this venture,” Okoroafor said.

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