By Eddie Akalonu
Sponsors of the Chief J. O. Adeyemi-Beri Memorial Tennis Championship have pledged to provide needed financial assistance to the budding talents from the competition to take part in any of the global circuits identified for them by the state and national associations in order to carry further their ambitions.

Adewunmi Adeyemi –Beri, made the pledge on behalf of family in Lagos during the final of the second edition of the championships in Lagos. They have also pledged to include wheelchair tennis in subsequent editions,

“We are not sponsoring the competition just for players to compete. We are ready to go a step further by providing assistance to any player who has that ability and ambition to go out there. We are going to liaise with the tennis association to identify circuits that players can enter. Once they give notice saying this is what it would take, we are going to give it serious attention,” he said.

As a beginning, Adewunmi said the family would make the dream of players with such aspiration come true as soon as the tennis association brings a proposal on this issue to them.

”We were informed that both finalists in the girls category are still under ten years. I have a passion for tennis and if the association can come up with a working paper on this, we will be ready to give it attention because that tender age is ideal to back players into the circuits to play and grow while still in school,” he added. Quadri Barakat won the girls event in two sets of 6-3,6-0 over Mary-love Edward.

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