A four-man Nigerian team is in Seoul, South Korea in readiness to debut in the Wheelchair Tennis World Team Cup slated for May 21 to 27 in the Asian country.
By the appearance, Nigeria will be making its debut in the Wheelchair Tennis World Team Cup. The four-man Nigerian team made up of Wasiu Yusuf, Alex Adewale and Jude Uwaize alongside coach Frank Tarmena departed the Murtala Mohammed Airport Saturday afternoon aboard a Qatar Airline to Seoul en route Doha. They were to arrive the Far East country yesterday evening about the same time the draw was to hold.
The team wrapped up its three-week close camping in Lagos last Thursday and had a brief meeting with Nigeria Tennis Federation President Engr. Sani Ndanusa who assured them of more support in both domestic and international tournaments.
Ndanusa, who was recently appointed as a member into the developmental committee of the ITF, charged the team to put in it’s best stressing that the competition provides the country the best platform to justify Nigeria’s rating by the ITF as one of the top five countries where wheel chair tennis has gained rapid development in the last few years.
Nigeria is Africa’s sole representative in the event and will be slugging it out with the likes of Germany, Australia, Thailand and Israel in Group II which has twelve teams. A top-three placement will see it gain promotion into Group I which has global powerhouses like The Netherlands, France, Sweden, Poland, Belgium and Great Britain. Supported by the Cruyff Foundation, The BNP Paribas World Team Cup is the wheelchair tennis equivalent of the Davis Cup (Men) and Fed Cup (Women).