$75,000 at stake as Abuja Open kickstarts 2019 ITF World Tennis Tour

$75,000 at stake as Abuja Open kickstarts 2019 ITF World Tennis Tour

The three events — Tombim Abuja Open, Dayak Tennis Championship, and the GSL Open — hold at the Abuja National Stadium and go with 25,000 US dollars prize money each.


Agabi said the three tournaments’ sponsorship was in collaboration with the NTF and other sponsors — Tombim Nigeria Limited, Dayak Nigeria Limited and Gladiators Systems Limited.


He added that the tournaments, which are male-only events, would feature singles and doubles matches.


“The finals of the singles events are scheduled for April 14, April 21 and April 28, while the doubles’ finals will be on April 13, April 20 and April 28.’’


Agabi disclosed also that the competition was borne out of a desire to provide opportunities for Nigeria’s players to collect vital ATP points.


“It is also to help attract some of the best up-and-coming players in the world to play in Nigeria.


“The organizers also want to use the competition to show that Nigeria is not as bad as it is portrayed around the world.


“The firm belief of the organizers is that events of this nature will contribute positively to building the structure of Nigerian tennis and the images of Nigeria internationally’’.


Meanwhile, Dayo Akindoju, MD/CEO of Dayak Nigeria Limited and President of NTF, also said the tour would promote further development in the sport.


“The NTF is taking Nigeria to the next level in tennis through these events, and the World Tour, Challenger Series and others are coming up very soon in Abuja”.


He assured that all facilities were in place for a successful tournament, with a lot of renovation done in the past few days.

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