*May is a festival for tennis fans in Abuja
By Oluwole Francis
No fewer than 70 professional tennis from 24 countries across the world will storm Abuja the Nigeria’s capital for the 2017 edition of the tennis championship jointly sponsored by Tombim, Dayak and Gladiator System Limited (GSL) in conjunction with Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF).
The third edition of the Tombim event is an International tennis federation (ITF)-sanctioned championship. It would take centre stage inside the Package B tennis courts of the Abuja National Stadium from 1st to 21st of May 2017.
Announcing the prize for the winner of the three-in-one competition at a press briefing in Abuja, the Tournament Director Mr Ikani Agabi said the total sum of $75,000 will be catered away by the athletes at the end of the tourney.
According to him, the championship this year will last over three legs. The Tombim Abuja open which is the first leg will run from 1st to 6th May 2017. The Dayak tennis championship, the second leg will run from 8th to 13th May 2017.
“While final leg, Gladiator System Limited will run from 13th to 21st of May 2017. It is known as the Gladiator System Limited Open.
“The tournament is only for male athletes. It will feature singles and doubles matches. The total prize money for the competition are $25,000 each leg totalling $75,000.”
He called all Nigerians to stop sitting back and criticise government but come to the rescue of tennis in the country by investing into the game.
President of Nigeria Tennis Federation NTF, Engineer Sani Ndanusa revealed that, the tournament has been the help for tennis in the country, Africa and the world.
The sponsor, Edmond Ajoge, who is the CEO Tombim services said this is the third year of sponsoring the tournament in a row and hope to keep it for the betterment of the sport in Nigeria.
The CEO of newest bride in the cover of tennis in Nigeria, the Gladiator system Limited (GSL), Mr.Bayo Okunsanya expressed is feelings this way: “we are touched by the progress we saw in the game last year that is why we are joining the other sponsors to support the programme.