More talent are to be discovered at this year’s edition of the annual Nigerian Breweries PLC sponsored Ibadan Recreation Club Tennis Tournament, which commenced at the Ibadan Recreation Club 1902, Sabo, Ibadan, on Saturday, which about 80 players are slugging it out.
This was disclosed at a press conference jointly addressed by the Vice Chairman of the Tennis section of the Ibadan Recreation Club, Mr. Olaitan Akinola; Captain of the Ibadan Recreation Club Tennis club, AbdulMumuni Babalola; and the Coach of club, Kayode Alabi.
Akinola revealed that young tennis players from different clubs across Ibadan are battle ready to slog it out and to showcase their talents during the tournament that will hold between January 12 and 19, 2019.
He disclosed that players will compete in four different categories, which include: men singles; veteran double; super veteran and ladies double, adding that the tournament is opened to all tennis clubs in Ibadan.
While noting that the tournament has produced many tennis stars in Nigeria since it started in the year 2005, the Vice Chairman of the Tennis section of the Ibadan Recreation club 1902 commended Nigerian Breweries PLC for sponsoring the tournament.
He identified lack of sponsorship as the major problem militating against the development of the game of tennis in Nigeria, urging other organizations to emulate Nigerian Breweries by sponsoring and promoting tennis.
According to him, Nigerian Breweries has been sponsoring the tournament since 2005 as part of its corporate social responsibility and also to promote youth development.
Also in his own comment, Captain of the Ibadan Recreation club tennis team, AbdulMumuni Babalola, declared that “the tournament made me whom I am today “.
Babalola maintained that the tournament has helped to discover a lot of tennis talents in Ibadan and Nigeria at large, since 2005 it started.
“Nigerian Breweries PLC has continued to contribute greatly to the development of tennis in Ibadan. I really appreciate their contributions. This tournament has helped to discover many tennis stars.
” I am proud to say that I was discovered through this tournament. I was the champion at four different editions of the tournament, and I have also represented Nigeria at tennis tournaments. There are many other tennis stars like me discovered through this tournament “.