–At 38th ITF/CAT African Junior Tennis Championship
Nigerian players began their chase for a continental glory on a good note by posting impressive results at the ongoing 38th ITF/CAT African Junior Tennis Championship (AJC) in Tunisia as Oyinlomo Quadri and Adetayo Adetunji advanced to the next round with wins on Monday at the clay court tournament.
In the girls’ U-14 category, Quadri defeated Nesrine Troubia of Algeria as she came from a set down to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 while Adetayo Adetunji held her composure to beat Emma Fahmia of Tunisia 6-3 , 6-4 despite the tremendous support enjoyed by her opponent who was playing before a home crowd. Nigeria was however made to taste a pill of defeat as Ayoola Michael lost to an Egyptian opponent in the boys’ U-14.
Nigerian players had put up an average display in the traditional warm up tournament which was concluded last weekend with Nigeria’s Michael Osewa being the only player from West Africa that got to quarterfinals at the Warm Up tournament.
But it was a different story entirely when the tournament proper gets underway as the Nigerian players were in top form to send shivers down the spines of their counterparts from the other participating countries.
Martins Abamu, Godsgift Timibra, Angel MacLeod and Charity Patrick will all be in action on Tuesday at the tournament featuring 32 countries.
Nigeria’s coach, Mohammed Ubale expressed optimism that the country can put up a memorable performance to justify their ranking as the best team from the West & Central African Zone which the country won in January to lead the Zone to the tournament with eight players which is the highest from any of the Zones.