The Nigerian Tennis Federation, NTF, have signed a memorandum of understanding with Lagos-based Tennis Management Company Limited on the Nigerian Tennis Majors. The event was conducted at the Abuja National Stadium Tennis Arena recently.
The first of the majors will be the Abuja Open in June, and that will be followed by the Lagos Open in November.
Signing on behalf of the NTF was its president Ifedayo Akindoju, while the chairman of TMCL Barrister Anire Kanyi signed on behalf of the organisers.
The Nigerian Tennis Federation president Ifedayo Akindoju, who signed on behalf of the federation, was happy about the ambitious plans for the majors.
â€œThere is reason to be optimistic. The majors will offer players the biggest prize money in the history of Nigerian sports. We also expect increased popularity for the sport and hopefully this attracts lots of fans and sparks serious investments in the game.â€ Akindoju said.
On his part, TMCL Chairman Barrister Anire Kanyi promised Nigerian tennis fans a big treat with the majors: â€œWe want to take tennis to the next level. We promise Nigerian fans years of epic triumphs and fight-backs. The majors will revolutionise domestic sports in Nigeria and across Africa.â€
Managing director of TMCL Kenneth Ezaga noted that Abuja had no showpiece sports event and that their plans for the open is just what the nationâ€™s capital needs.
He said: â€œTennis is a popular sport followed by the well-heeled in society. The Abuja Open is planned to be that stage where the most powerful leaders in business and government in Nigeria, and even Africa, meet yearly to have a great time and either form new ties or strengthen old ones.â€
After signing the MOU the leaders of both organisations visited with the minister of the FCT Alhaji Mohammed Musa Bello who promised his administrationâ€™s support for the Abuja Open.
Plans on the Abuja Open will soon be released to the media.