Alexander Adewale defeated Yusuf Wasiu in the 44th edition of the CBN Senior National Tennis Open Championship held at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.
The event scheduled from May 13 to May 21, saw the defending champion, Adewale beat second-seed Wasiu 6-2 7-6 7-5 to clinch the title.
Speaking to the media, the excited Adewale, who won the male wheelchair singles event, thank the organisers, CBN and Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF), for putting up such a wonderful event that keeps athletes in shape.
He further appealed to the federation to organise more tournaments which will galvanise Nigerian tennis players’ performances on the international stage.
“I won the last year edition and I have won more than four championships consecutively,” Adewale told News Agency of Nigeria. The Trumpet Gathered
“My opponent today has always been my rival in any competition.
“I thank the Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF) and Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for organising this championship,” he added.
Adewale continued: “We want the Federation to organise more national championships. We really need their support so that we can participate in major international competitions.
“This is the road to take for us to feature at the Paralympics. We all have the same challenge as wheelchair tennis players, and that is that we want to participate in international championships,” he appealed.
Meanwhile, in the women’s category, top-seed Kafayat Omisore defeated number four-seed Oluwakemi Oluwasegun into two straight sets 6-1 6-2 to win the championship.
Omisore, despite emerging victorious, admitted that her opponent had put up a worthy challenge but was able to see her off with her fountain of experience garnered in the sport over time.
“It was a tough work, but I thank God I ended well. My opponent also played well, but I defeated her based on experience,” Omisore said post-match.
“I did not relent and I continued to work hard to achieve my target. I will go back home and continue to train for any competition ahead,” she added.
The 44th edition of the CBN Senior National Tennis Open Championship was contested by 32 players comprising 16 males and 16 females.
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