By John Egbokhan
Nigeria junior champion, Samuel Omoile, believes he can be in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) top 100 ranking if he plays in more international tournaments.
Speaking after beating Umaru Balami, 6-3, 6-1, to retain the NNPC/Chevron Junior Masters title at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan on Sunday, Omoile, said his desire was to play against the best professionals in the world..
â€œI spent some time in a South African tennis school recently and the experience I acquired from there has helped me in developing my game. I am the top junior player in West Africa, among the top three in Africa, but I want to go beyond the continent.
â€œVery soon I will leave for Barcelona, Spain, to continue training and participate in some tournaments. This is courtesy of my mentor, Chris Enahoro, who has been the pillar behind the resurgence of junior tennis in Nigeria.
â€œI believe with the aid of Chevron and other corporate organisations more Nigerian juniors will get the opportunity to develop their game. But I must commend Chevron for the opportunity it has given me to be what I am today. The only way to compensate them now is for me to actualize me dream of getting into the ITF top 100 and then take it from there,â€ added Omoileâ€™s whose victory earned him tennis kits worth N100 000
Losing finalist, Balami got N70, 000 worth of kits, while the twoÂ losing semifinalists, Onyeka Mbanu and Vincent Paul, also went home with N50, 000 worth of tennis kits each.