The much-awaited 2016 NCC Tennis League will kick-off on Saturday, September 10, with the cracker between defending champions Team Tombim and star-studded debutants Team Offikwu at the tennis centre of the National Stadium, Abuja.
Team Tombim which bagged a whopping N5m for their 2015 heroics, would line up the likes of current national No 1 Moses Michael, highest-ranked ATP player in Nigeria Christian Paul, ladies’ No 4 Sarah Adegoke, former national champion Henry Atseye, Christopher Edward, Christie Mbadiwe and Loveth Donatus.
Team Offikwu, on the other hand, would parade the likes of national No 2 Sylvester Emmanuel, US-based national No 1 Sunday Emmanuel, Bikom Albert, Emmanuel Idoko, Anu Aiyegbusi and Aminat Quadri.
Matches are scheduled to start 10 am on Saturday, with two men’s singles, followed by the ladies’ singles and the men’s doubles. The tie would be concluded on Sunday, with the men’s reverse singles and the mixed doubles.
The prize money for this year’s edition – which has 10 sides in contention – has been increased, with the winner earning N7m, the runner-up N5m, third-placed team N3m and fourth-placed side N2m.