Barrister Solomon Dalung the Minister of Youth and Sports has described the achievement of Nigeria's table tennis star, Aruna Quadri at the just concluded ITTF Challenge as an icing on an already sweet national cake following his victory at the Polish Open on Sunday. After news filtered in that Quadri defeated Japan’s Kaii Yoshida 4-2 against all odds to emerge the men’s singles champion at the Polish Open, Dalung could not contain his excitement as he described the Nigerian number 1 as a consummate professional. “Quadri has given us another reason to celebrate with this world title. This weekend has been so good to Nigerian sports and we are thankful to everybody who has made this possible. "He has reconfirmed that his achievements at the 2016 Olympics and  the 2017 African championship was  not just a fluke." Dalung charged Quadri to consolidate on his success when he files out against 19 other top...
Onukogu Kanayochuqu Jubal Fast rising tennis youngster Joseph Imeh got the revenge he promised Abdulmumuni Babalola, when he dispatched him 6-3, 6-3 in the first singles of the NCC Tennis League opener in Abuja over the weekend. Imeh, playing for Lagos-based Team Muller, was thumped by Babalola in straight sets during the 2017 CBN Senior Championships in and vowed to get one back over Babalola the next time they meet. The rising star, who had a winning Davis Cup debut for Nigeria last month in Egypt, also played a major role in securing an upset victory over Team Civil Defence, winners of the inaugural edition in 2015. Imeh beat Clifford Enosorogbe 6-4, 6-3 in the reverse singles and paired Mohammed Mohammed to win the doubles against Enosoregbe and Nonso Madueke 7-5, 2-6, 10-6. Emmanuel Idoko, playing the No.2 singles for Team Muller also did his bit by upsetting Babalola in the second singles 6-7,...
The long-awaited 2017 NCC Tennis League would serve-off Thursday at the National Stadium, Surulere, with a play-off involving three teams vying to take the 12th spot in the main event. The three-day play-offs would see Team Anambra (Onitsha), Team Oluyole (Ibadan) and Team Police College (Ikeja) take on each other for a place in the money-spinning league. These teams dropped into the playoff event based on their collective team ranking, as the Tennis League has a cap of 12 teams. According to the organisers of the league, the International Tennis Academy, the matches would be reduced to five to enable each tie finish in one day. The matches to decide each tie are: two men's singles, one ladies' singles, one men's doubles and one mixed doubles. "We are expecting some very exciting matches as the teams are featuring some very good national and intermediate players," a statement from the ITA said. The NCC...
By Onukogu Kanayochuqu Jubal The first junior player to reach the semifinals of the CBN Senior Championship five years ago, Onyeka Mbanu, said today in Ibadan that he plans to use the NCC Tennis League to revive his tennis career. Mbanu who, along with Christian Paul, Moses Michael, Samuel Omoile and Sylvester Emmanuel, among others, used the platform of the ITA Junior Circuit to launch their tennis careers, veered into music and entertainment. “I know what my potential is, but with this opportunity to practice and compete regularly I am sure I can get my game back and challenge for titles. “I am sure we (Team VGC Lions) shall defeat Team Oluyole and then prepare to give the big teams in the group like Team Muller, Team Civil Defence and Team Kalotari a good game.” Mbanu will be supported by former U-18 champion Martins Abamu, who reached the third round of the 2017 CBN...
By Onukogu Kanayochuqu Jubal The main draw of the first week of the 2017 Governor's Cup Lagos Tennis Championship served off on a rather surprising note as top seed and Egypt's Karim Mohamed-Mamooun crashed out following a 2-6, 2-6 loss to unseeded Dutchman Stephan Fransen. The Egyptian, who had featured at the previous three Nigeria Futures held in Abuja early this year, was an overwhelming favourite to win the match on Court Three, having rose few places in the past week to hit the top of the ranking for the tournament pushing Turkey's Cem Ilkel to number two. He had no answer to the aggressive play of the 29-year-old right-handed double hand backhand player. There was no joy either for the home fans, as some of the country's top players were also sent packing in the first round of the two-stage $100, 000 prize-money tournament, as Clifford Enosoregbe, who was Nigeria's best...

Nadal Breezes Into US Open QFs

Rafael Nadal cruised into the US Open quarter-finals on Monday by defeating Ukraine’s 64th-ranked Alexandr Dolgopolov. The 15-time Grand Slam champion, who had not made the US Open last eight since capturing the 2013 title, set up a last-eight meeting with teenager Andrey Rublev. Nadal, who claimed his 50th US Open match victory, returned to the top ranking last month for the first time since 2011 and is on a collision course to face old rival Roger Federer in the semi-finals. A potentially epic confrontation which would also represent their first meeting at the tournament in their 13-year rivalry. “I think I played a solid match,” said the 31-year-old Spaniard. “I played with not many mistakes. I know Dolgopolov is a player who can play amazing shots but sometimes he can be a little bit unpredictable.”
Joseph Imeh (Team Muller), the hottest player on the Nigerian tennis circuit presently and immediate past national champion, Thomas Otu (Team Ndoma-Egba), would be expected to make vital contributions in the NCC Tennis League semi-final which would serve off today at the Enugu Sports Club this weekend if their teams are to reach the finals and stand any chance if winning the N7million star prize. Imeh and Otu, playing from the Blue and White groups, respectively, are yet to lose a match in the league after 10 singles matches. They have always contributed two points from the singles and paired a team mate to win the doubles and the mixed doubles. With both players in very good form, tennis followers would have a huge tennis treat when they meet today and tomorrow, Sunday, November 19. The tie would, however, be decided by the quality of the back-up singles players and the ladies...