By Fidelis Ebu, Abuja
Khaled El Sergany, the Egyptian referee that handled the two-week Africa Junior Tennis Championship in Abuja, has described the tournament and his stay in the country as â€˜fantastic and memorableâ€™.
â€œIâ€™ve been to Nigeria (Lagos) before, but this was my first time in Abuja.The organisation of the tournament was okay, and the other officials were nice in their scheduled duties.
â€œThe weather would have posed a problem, but it was a factor nobody can control; itâ€™s not man made issueâ€, Khaled El Sergany said as he indicated interest to visit Abuja again.
He pointed out that should he be appointed to handle subsequent tournaments by the ITF in Abuja , â€œI will gladly accept itâ€.
During the two-week tournament, the players had warm-up games that attracted participants outside the 25 from Africa and over 12 European and Asian countries had representatives for ITF points. This was followed by the Africa Junior Championship and the Junior Davis Cup as well as Fed Cup for players in the Under-16 and Under-14 cadres where no Nigerian player featured.
â€œThough our players tried, it was unfortunate that they did not qualify to play in the Junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup. The good thing in the whole exercise was that our players made remarkable improvement from the previous eleventh position finished in Morocco last year to eighth spot.”