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T’tennis: 80 Players For Dala Hard Court Tourney

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The 2023 Dala Hard Court Tennis Championship will hold from November 10 to 18 in Kano, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.

The President, Nigeria Tennis Federation, Ifedayo Akindoju, said over 80 players were expected to feature at the 36th edition of the tourney.

Akindoju stated that the federation would join hands with other stakeholders to move tennis higher and take Nigeria to the rightful place it deserved in the sport.

He said the championship had been an avenue to expose many Nigerian players.“It’s another tournament to expose our players and keep them in good shape for upcoming tournaments and no doubt it has added value to tennis in Nigeria,” Akindoju said.

Top seeds Uche Oparaoji and Marylove Edwards emerged champions in the male singles and female singles categories at the last edition.

Oparaoji defeated David Ekpenyong 6-0, 1-6, 7-6 to win the male singles title and the cash prize of N1m, with Ekpenyong receiving N500,000 for his efforts while Edwards defeated Oiza Yakubu 6-2, 6-0 to retain her title and win the N500,000 cash prize, while Yakubu received N300,000 as runners-up.

In the men’s doubles, the pair of Mohammed Musa and Shehu Lawal beat Lawal Peter and Timibra Godsgift 3-6, 7-5, 10-8 to win the N600,000 cash prize in the final match.

These players are among those expected to feature at the tourney.


Written by: Kevin Nwabueze

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