By John Egbokhan
Newly elected President of the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Barr. Osita Egbuchunam has said that plans are on to revive the Nigerian Tennis Masters, a competition for the top eight players in country in November.
Speaking yesterday in Onikan, Egbuchunam, who weekend floored Arc. Gbolahan Oki in a free and fair polls, said that his administration was poised to return the club to its very glorious best, by upgrading the facilities to international standard to host national and international tennis competitions, which the nation’s players would profit from.
Egbuchunam said that he was willing to sponsor the Masters with his own fund if sponsors were not found, as a way of showing his commitment to the development of Nigerian tennis, which he lamented as being nowhere at the present time.
“Nigerian tennis is nowhere now. And for us to go it going, we need a lot of approaches, a lot of tournaments and a lot of training. On our part at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, we are going to resurrect the Nigeria Masters for the best eight players in the country. This is besides the in-house tournaments for juniors and seniors that we intend to run.
“But the underlying thing is to get the game going again. We are going to look for sponsors for he tournament but if there is none, I am going to sponsor it because my commitment to tennis development is deep.”
I am passionate about the growth of our youths and I urge all to join me in helping the future of tomorrow”, added Egbuchunam, who informed that the club was going to work with the Nigeria Tennis Federation on the Master project.
Shedding light on how he won the election, the Anambra State native, said that contrary to some people’s fears, that the polls went smoothly, stating that his opponent even congratulated him on his victory.
“it will interest you to know that our first assignment, the relocation of the staff and ball-boys toilets was donated by my opponent on Monday. I salute his sportmanship and offer my hand to all”, said Egbuchunam.
On how he intends to run the club, the new President, said that he was going to leverage on multinational firms support, stressing that he was going to stop social parties from holding at the club.
“We can make money from sponsorship by big companies. We do not need owambes to make money. That era of parries is gone with the coming of this government”, he affirmed.