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...
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,...
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...