*I lost, cried – Mathew Abamu
Junior tennis players from across Nigeria are expected to converge in Lagos again from Monday 6th March to Saturday 11th March for the SNEPCo Junior Tennis championship taking place at the National Stadium Surulere and the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Race Course.
The championship which is part of the International Tennis Academy’s junior tennis circuit is, as usual, featuring competitions in five age groups – boys and girls 10 years & under, 12 years & under, 14 years & under, 16 years & under and 18 years & under.
Coming after a fortnight of the CBN Junior Championships, the tournament is providing an opportunity for defeated former champions to reclaim their titles and helping to prepare the junior players who are participating for the African Junior championships starting about 23rd March in South Africa.
“I can hardly wait for the SNEPCo championship to start” said Mathew Abamu who surprisingly lost his Boys 16 title to Lagos Mainland Club team mate, Emmanuel Jebutu.
“I felt really bad about the loss and cried. I am really happy that this opportunity is coming this soon to allow me regain my number one position.”
Other players whose position will be under threat include Marylove Edwards who will have to contend with Angel McLeod who missed the CBN Junior championship due to commitments in school and Michael Osewa, the boys 18 champion, who will have Augustine Stephen, a former junior circuit champion who lost a close match to him two weeks ago.