By John Egbokhan
After about two weeks of coaching, the 2012 edition of the NNPC/Chevron Junior Masters Tennis tournament, serves off today at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club in Onikan.
According to the organisers, the age-grade tourney, which features the best tennis players in the country, is expected to end on October 7, with the Minister of Sports and Chairman of the National Sports Commission, Bolaji Abdullahi and the President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Sani Ndanusa, watching the final matches.
According to Chevron Nigeria Limited, the event is part of the company’s commitment to promoting youth and sports development in Nigeria.
“The objective of the Tournament is to enhance the development of both mental and physical capabilities in the young participants; and to revive tennis in Nigeria, thereby granting support to the Federal Governments efforts at sports development in the country.
“Skills learnt during this program provide youth with an opportunity to participate in Lawn tennis events at both national and international levels.”
The tournament targets mostly the less privileged, but still welcomes all interested youths. In addition, beyond a competitive stand point, this Junior Masters Tournament enables the formation of bonds, friendships, and most importantly, improves communication skills amongst youths”, Chevron said.
The Masters started in 1999 and is executed by NNPC/Chevron JV, with technical support from the Nigerian Tennis Federation (NTF). It is open to participants drawn from the NNPC/Chevron Junior Tennis Programme and young players selected through competitions organized across the country.