South Atlantic Petroleum has thrown its weight behind the International Tennis Academy (ITA) Junior Tennis Circuit, which has provided the platform for discovery and development of tennis talents in Nigeria.
The Sapetro Futures Tennis Championship will begin in Lagos today with the best junior players from all over the nation competing in four age categories, including boys and girls 10s, 12s, 14s and 16s.
Speaking on the competition, ITA Director, Godwin Kienka said the tournament would help Nigeria showcase its outstanding junior talents like Seun Ogunsakin, Mubarak Ganiyu and Ohunene Yakubu, who are under 14 and are already making waves at the senior level. Yakubu is already ranked 19 in the seniors,” Kienka said.
He added, “We have promoted Ogunsakin and Yakubu to the 16s to fast track their progress but we are sure they will have some serious challenge from Mohammed Idris from Abuja and Amara Ezeh from Anambra in that category.”
The tournament, which will hold at the prestigious Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, is scheduled to end on Saturday.