Activities marking the 43rd edition of the Central Bank of Nigeria sponsored Senior Tennis open championship runs from may 20 – may 29 2021 at the package ‘B’ of the Moshood Abiola Stadium Abuja.
This was made know at the media unveiling of the Championship held in Abuja on Thursday 20th May, 2021 by the Ag Director, Corporate Communications Department, Mr. Osita Nwanisobi who represented the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele.
He said the objective of the championship is to create a good platform for the discovery, harnessing and grooming of young talents and deploying them to represent the country at International Tennis tournaments like the Davies Cup and the Billie Jean Cup among others. Adding that it has over the years served as a platform to take young talents off the streets while affording them opportunities to channel their energy positively and show casing their talent.
Just as it was in the past, winners of this year’s tournaments are expected to represent Nigeria at the Billie Jean Cup Tournament slated for June 15 – 20 June and June 21 – 26, 2021 respectively.
With the championship holding in various categories which include the men’s singles, the women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and the wheelchair categories in both men’s and women’s singles, winners of the men’s singles title will smile home with the sum of N1,000,000 (One million naira) and same goes to winner of the women’s single title.
The qualifying rounds of the event will run from 20 – 23 May while the main draws will serve off on Monday being 24 may, 2021.
Meanwhile the defending champion of the women’s singles category Quadri Onyilomo, said she is aware of the tough challenges ahead of her towards defending the title she won back to back, but promised to do her best once again.