The Kaduna State commissioner for Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Daniel Danbatta, Sunday in Kaduna commended the NNPC for bringing the Junior Tennis Circuit to Kaduna State.
“Kaduna has always been the centre of tennis development in the North with such international tournaments like the Kaduna Clay Court Championship. We had also produced great players like Sadiq Abdullahi and Yakubu Suleiman as national champions. Now we have a new set of juniors from Kaduna like Chris Itodo and Gabriel Friday winning in their age groups.
“We shall always give maximum support to the organisers, our doors are always open.”
In his remarks, president of the Nigeria Tennis Federation, Sanni Ndanusa, said he was very happy with the rising standard of the junior players and attributed the development to the impact of the junior tennis circuit tournaments.
Ndanusa however implored the sponsors to take the sponsorship to the next level by sponsoring the champions to International Tennis Federation ranking tournaments all over the world.
The NNPC was represented by Adnan Maje, the Deputy Manager Community Relations who said, “I am surprised at the level of play of these young boys and girls. I have no doubt that the NNPC will continue to support this project.”
Two players from Kaduna State won titles at the weeklong championship. Chris Itodo won the Boys 16s by beating Chris Bulus from Lagos 9-2 while Gabriel Friday won both the Boys 14s beating Musa Sanni from Abuja 9-6 and the most outstanding player trophy.