Nigeria Urges Private Sector To Develop Tennis Through Athletes Sponsorship

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ABUJA, Nigeria  –  The Controller of Prisons at Nigeria Prison Service (NPS), Ademola Bamidele, has urged the private sector and Non-Govermental Organizations (NGO’s) to assist in development of tennis in the country. He made his plea last month at the ITF/Africa Junior Championship qualifiers in Abuja. Bamidele said sponsoring athletes would promote the game, thereby […]

Nigeria FTC Tennis Association Seeks Grassroots Tennis Development

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ABUJA, Nigeria – Last week the Chairman of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Tennis Association, Dayo Akindeju, said that the growth of Nigerian tennis development would benefit from everyone’s collaboration. He made his call to action during the North and Central Zonal Tennis Junior Championship (NCZTJC) in Abuja. “I am very passionate about tennis and the […]

Episode 1 Podcast: Gavin Crookes, President & CEO, Tennis SA

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In this first episode of African Tennis Development podcast, host Ashley Ndebele chats with the president and CEO of Tennis South Africa, Gavin Crookes. The two discuss South Africa Tennis Federation’s 2016 development plans. Crookes talks about the federation’s plans to expose rural people to the game of tennis, which is going to be a big challenge. […]

Anderson Into Auckland Quarters

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World number 12 Kevin Anderson of South Africa is into the quarterfinals of ASB Classic tournament in Auckland, New Zealand after a 7-6(8), 7-6(5) second round win over Robin Haase of the Netherlands. 4th Seeded Anderson squandered two mini-breaks in the 1st set tie-break but was able to take the set after Haase double-faulted. Anderson […]

NNPC Junior Tennis Masters Set

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Lagos, Nigeria – The NNPC Junior Tennis Masters is scheduled to take place December 14 – 19 in Lagos, Nigeria. The tournament will cap off a busy International Tennis Academy (ITA) Junior Tennis Circuit calendar for the year and, according to the organizers, it has been deliberately scheduled to coincide with the second week of the […]

Future Star: Sipho Montsi

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Name: Siphosithando Montsi Age: 16 (11/9/1999) Nationality: South Africa Gender: Male Plays: Right Handed (Double Handed Backhand) Latest Achievement: Montsi, was invited to be part of the ITF Team that traveled to Kenya to play two Junior ITF tournaments in the ITF East Africa Junior Circuit U18. He made it into the finals of the 2nd week of the Circuit.  The South […]

Nigeria’s ITA Sends 2nd Group of Coaches To Train In Dubai

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International Tennis Academy (ITA) has sent a second group of young tennis professionals for internship and training as coaches at the Clark Francis (CF) Tennis Academy in Dubai. The players are Innocent Offikwu from Kaduna, Lawrence Idoko from Abuja, Pekun Akinwande and Michael Eludoyin from Lagos. They joined Bolaji Olawepo, Kehinde Alade, Samuel Omoile from Lagos […]

NCC Calls For Support For Tennis Development In Nigeria

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Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, has asked corporate organizations to partner with NCC by investing in tennis development in Nigeria. Speaking at the NCC- sponsored tennis tournament in Abuja, Nigeria, Danbatta explained that the main objective of the tournament was to develop the game and encourage players’ participation in […]

Nigerian Tennis Lacks World-Class Exposure

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After a recent dismal performance at the All Africa Games held in Congo, the National Tennis coach for Nigeria explained why his team performed so poorly. Speaking on a television program, national coach Rotimi Akinloye said that his team was crippled by the lack of world-class exposure. The Nigerian tennis squad only only won one […]

US Open: Wawrinka Takes Out Anderson

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US Open Day 10: Wawrinka takes out drained Anderson. Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland, a two-time grand slam champ, took out South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in straight sets 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 in the quarterfinals of the US Open in Queens, New York on Wednesday evening. 15th seed Anderson, coming off a surprise win over 3rd seed […]