The first edition of the Rainoil Tennis Open comes to a close on Sunday at the Clay Courts of the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Ikeja.
The tournament which started on December 8 has provided thrills, excitement and several upsets of favourite players like Slvester Emmanuel, Thomas Otu and Abdulmumini Babalola.
Highly-rated Sarah Adegoke will be up against Blessing Samuel in the Women’s Singles final while Joseph Imeh and Henry Atseye will contest for the men’s singles title.
Atyese defeated Babalola to reach the final and all eyes are on him to clinch the title.
Some junior players like Serena Teluwo, Iye Onoja and Oiza Yakubu took part in the competition but lost out in the early rounds.
Rainoil CEO Gabriel Ogbechie has promised that the tournament will be an annual event and will also gradually enter the calendar of the International Tennis Federation.
Ogbechie is expected to lead a cream of other personalities to the LCC to witness the final on Sunday.
“We hope to make it an annual event, a tournament that the country’s boys and girls will be looking forward to at the end of every year,” Ogbechoe said.
“The winner who will be going home with N500,000 and N350,000 in the men and women’s categories respectively, other players in this competition must have been happy to win prize money depending on the stage of exit.”
Ogbechie further revealed that there is plan to make the competition an international event whereby professional tennis players across the world will be converging in the country to be part of the Rain Oil Tennis Open