The inaugural edition of the Jome National Open Tennis Championship came to an end on Saturday with Henry Atseye and Aanu Aiyegbusi emerging as men and women singles champions respectively.
The National Tennis championship, held in Benin-City, Edo state, had in attendance, over 64 players in both the men and women tennis categories but at the end, Henry Atseye from Cross Rivers state and Aanu Aiyebusi from Edo state, emerged as champions.
The women singles final, played for all of 3 hours, produced a titanic battle between Aanu Aiyegbusi and Oiza Yakubu while the men’s event was hotly contested between one time Nigeria number one, Henry Atseye and current Nigeria and West Africa junior number 1, Wilson Igbinovia with Henry Atseye carrying the day after two hours.
An obviously elated sponsor of the tournament, Mr Joseph Osawaru, could not hide his happiness as the prizes and awards were handed over to the winners.
“This is the first edition and we are not going to stop. We will look for more sponsors and partners to make it bigger so athletes can go home with one million naira, two million naira or more and they can do something meaningful and tangible with the money”, Mr Osawaru revealed.
The singles winners in the men and women categories went home with N500,000 while the doubles winners became N250,000 richer.
The wheel chair champions were rewarded with N250,000.
Over N7million was at stake at the inaugural Jome National Tennis open.