The 2018 edition of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Senior Open Tennis Championship will be holding in Abuja from the 21st – 30th of June 2018.
The tournament which will be staged at the tennis court, Package B of the national stadium Abuja is expected to feature over 30 participants.
Addressing the media, the President of the Nigeria Tennis Federation, Ifedayo Akindoju said wild card entries might not be given to any player at this year’s tournament and seeding will be done during the draws.
“Abuja will in the next few days host an array of tennis players from different parts of country, and this is the first time Abuja will be witnessing this, and it is with a bang as it marks the 40th year running of this national ranking tournament. It is important to note that the choice of Abuja is purely the decision of the Central Bank of Nigeria” said Akindoju.
“The consistency over the last four decades has in no small measure helped to discover and nurture athletes, it has also helped give some means of lively hood to our youths who rather than wonder the streets aimlessly have been engaged meaningfully” added Akindoju .
The acting director, corporate communications, CBN, Isaac Okorafor, in his speech pointed out that the aim of the tournament is to discover talents and to enable youths become the champions of their own lives.
“Since it’s inception 1979 the objective of the CBN for this championship has been to discover tennis talents that could represent the country at major competitions in Africa and beyond such as the Davis cup and the All Africa Games” said Mr. Okaroafor.
“Forty unbroken editions and we are still counting, this is to underscore the fact that at the Central Bank of Nigeria when we say we are committed to something, nothing stops us, and when it has to do with our country, we always say Nigeria first and that is why inspite of the economic situations at various times, we have maintained this commitment with the Nigeria Tennis Federation, with the Youths of this country and we are not going to stop” added Mr. Okaroafor
This year we decided to bring it to Abuja and invite tennis legends to grace the occasion.
This year’s edition of the tournament will be the 40th time the Apex bank is staging the event and the organizers say they are introducing the wheelchair version of the competition to encourage youths.
While acknowledging the role the media plays Mr. Okaroafor said part of what has sustain the tournament is the reportage and coverage it receives.