By Solomon Nwoke
RISING tennis star, Kingsley Enoseregbe has won the 3rd Okee Okoye U-20 Boys Tennis tournament after beating Owolabi Jinadu in straight sets, 6-2, 7-6 in the final match played weekend at the National Stadium Lagos tennis court.
The tournament which organisers said was meant to salvage the dwindling fortunes of tennis in the country and relaunch the development of the sport at the grassroots level, attracted over 100 players from the nooks and crannies of Lagos state.
The finalists gave a good account of themselves as the ultimate prize was keenly contested for. The spectators were kept on the edges of their seats applauding the players intermittently as the match lasted.
To get to the final, Enoseregbe sent Etido Udofa packing in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2 to set the stage for a final showdown against the runner up, Jinadu who also triumphed over Afis Rasaq 6-3, 6-2 in the semis.
In his post victory speech, Enoseregbe thanked the sponsor, Okee Okoye for coming up with the tournament. “It’s really great having a tournament like this, if we could have more of this it’ll be a big boost for the sport in the state.”
The sponsor, Okee Okoye, a tennis enthusiast said apart from instituting the championship to mark his birthday every year, the championship was aimed at fishing out hidden talents for the country.
“I love tennis and this is the driving force behind sponsoring this tourney and this is what I do every year as a way of generating new players from the grassroots to challenge the aging ones in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Open championship which is the biggest tournament in the country.