By Jude Opara, Abuja
After a successful hosting of the Tombim tennis open in Abuja, the Nigeria Tennis Federation, (NTF) over the weekend began yet another round of a two-week tennis championship known as Dayak Open.
The Dayak tournament which began over the weekend boasts of no fewer than 45 players from 25 countries from all parts of the world in attendance.
Like the Tombin tourney, the Dayak Open would equally attract an ATP ranking of 35 points for the overall winner who will also go home with about $3,500 and a trophy.
Briefing the media in Abuja at the weekend ahead of the championship, president of the NTF, Sani Ndanusa said the two tennis tournaments sponsored by Tombim and Dayak have brought life back to the tennis section of the Abuja national stadium.
He also noted that the tennis revolution has given Nigeria players the much desired opportunity to play against some of the top and Grand slam tennis players in the world.
The former Sports Minister/Chairman of the defunct National Sports Commission (NSC) while expressing his joy in the commencement of the Dayak Open as soon as the Tombim ended, gave kudos to the Chief Executive Officer of Dayak, Ifedayo Akindoju, whom he noted fulfilled the promise he made last year during the first edition of Tombim.
“This tournament was a promise made last year by the CEO of Dayak, that he will come into tennis, and we are happy that he fulfilled it. We are expecting over 45 players from 25 countries of the world who will participate in another two weeks of championship tennis immediately after Tombim Open.
“Our joy is that we have provided opportunities through tournament of this nature for Nigerian players to play along with some top ranking player in the world”.
Earlier, the sponsor of the tournament and CEO of Dayak, Ifedayo Akindeju who expressed his delight with the high turn out of quality players from around the world assured that he would be ready to bring in more sponsors for Nigerian tennis next year.
“We are having only four features this year, but we are working hard and the game may be enlarged to about eight of more features next year as other stakeholders would be joining in the sponsorship of tennis. We have sourced all the dollars to pay the players and we are ready to expose them to the Dayak and Nigerian hospitality”. Akindeju assured.