Frank Tarmena, the Head Coach, Wheelchair Tennis, on Tuesday expressed optimism that his players would perform well at the ongoing Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Senior Open Tennis championships in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that wheelchair tennis was newly-introduced into the annual tournament.
Tarmena said that the event, for male and female, would further prepare the wheelchair players for another competition scheduled for May.
“I am indeed glad that wheelchair tennis is now part of the competition.
“The competition will afford the Nigeria Tennis Federation to select players for an international competition in May.
“We have been on this issue for long and we are happy about the development.
“I hope that the wheelchair players will play their game with confidence based on all what they have learnt over the years.
“I also hope that they will entertain the crowd who will come to watch them because many people are really anxious to see them play.
“Overall, this competition will serve as a stepping ground for them, as I will keep tabs on them on where they need to ensure more concentration,” he said.
Tarmena assured that the subsequent editions of the competition would produce more players.
“I can assure you that in the coming edition we will have expanded in terms of more players who will participate in the competition,’ he said.