The main action for the 2020 edition of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)-sponsored Senior Open Tennis Championship, serves off on Friday, November 6, 2020, at the Tennis Complex of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.
Addressing a press briefing in Abuja on Thursday, November 5, 2020, Osita Nwanisobi, the Acting Director, Corporate Communication Department, CBN, restated the bank’s commitment to sponsoring the tournament, which is in its 42nd year.
He said the objective of the championship remains to ensure that young talents are given a veritable platform to represent the nation at international tennis tournaments.
According to him, the CBN recognized the critical role of the youth in nation building; hence it is doing all within the limits of its mandate to encourage the empowerment of the Nigerian youth.
Nwanisobi, therefore, urged the nation’s youth in the country to take advantage of all the intervention programmes of the CBN to enhance their quality of lives, as well as contribute to the economic prosperity of Nigeria.
He also tasked participants at the competition to take advantage of the championship to exhibit their talents, and showcase them at tournaments locally and internationally.
Also speaking, the President, Nigerian Tennis Federation (NTF), Engr. Dayo Akindoju,
said this year’s competition, holding five months after its originally scheduled date, due to the global impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, is expected to attract over 250 players, with the duo of Sylvester Emmanuel and Oyinlomo Quadri, leading the men’s and women’s seeds, respectively.
He explained that, in line with the COVID-19 protocols put in place by the Nigerian Government, the number of spectators at the week-long tournament will be restricted to check any possible spread of the virus.
While disclosing an upward review in the prize money for the preliminary rounds, Engr. Akindoju said participants will slug it out for honours in the men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, wheelchair men’s singles, and wheelchair women’s singles categories.
Winners of in the men’s and women’s singles categories are expected to pocket N700,000 each, while runners-up will each receive the sum of N350,000. Winners in the men’s and women’s wheel-chair categories are to receive the sum of N250,000 each, just as the winners in the doubles categories are expected to receive N220,000.
The finals of the competition come up on Saturday, November 14, 2020.