Sunday Ameh and Victor Nwogwu were in top shape at the SNEPco Junior Tennis Championship, which served off at the National Stadium, Lagos, yesterday.
The best junior tennis players in the boys and girls 16, 14 and 12 age categories are taking part in the championship, which is one of the developmental events in the Nigerian tennis calendar.
In the boys 12 & under event, Sunday Ameh dismissed Fillipo Tombi 8-1; Godwin Awode thrashed Taofik Bolarinwa 8-0, while Happy Agbi defeated Adekunle Olatunji 8-2.
The story was the same in the boys 16 & under where the higher ranked players appeared bent on sending strong signals to their next opponents.
Adekunle Abiodun saw off ThankGod Imoniefano 8-0, while Samuel Adamu beat Daniel Mafe with a relatively decent score of 8-4.
In the boys 14 & under, all the three first round matches ended with the same scoreline. Noah Adamu beat Pedro Lateef 8-1; Victor Nwogwu defeated Lucky Haleji 8-1 and Sadiq Kushimo bested Kayode Ilebiyi 8-1.
The championship continues yesterday with round robin matches in the girls’ age groups and round of 16 matches in the boys’ events.
A total of 158 players are registered in all the categories and according to the International Tennis Academy, the organisers, the tournament besides attracting, identifying and developing talent, will also serve to prepare Nigeria’s junior players for the African Junior Championships in South Africa starting March 23.
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