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 Tennis League is the first of its kind in Africa and is offering a consolidated prize money of N23million this year.
The main event will start next weekend with an opening match between star-studded Team Civil Defence featuring Abdulmumuni Babalola, Clifford Enosoregbe and Christie Agugbom and newcomers Team Muller which has CBN Senior Championship finalist Joseph Imeh, Emma Idoko and Ronke Akingbade on their list.