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Madueke & Edwards Win First CBN Open

Nonso Madueke and Marylove Edwards have emerged winners in the Men and Women Singles of the 44th edition of the CBN Senior Open Tennis Tournament held at the tennis court Package B of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium Abuja.

Madueke who lost 2-6 in the first set, stormed back to win 7-6(10) in the second set before Atseye retired injured at 0-2 down in the third set while first seed Marylove Edward defeated second Aanu Aiyegbesi 6-3,6-4.

Presentation of trophy Marylove Edwards by the NTF President.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, the Central Bank Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele who was represented by the Assistant Director, Corporate communications, Dr. Isa Abdulmumin, said as part of efforts to sustain the competition, the sum of N15,160,000.00 (Fifteen Million, One Hundred and Sixty Thousand Naira only) was approved as total prize money for the various categories of the Championship.

The CBN Governor’s rep. Dr. Isa Abdulmumin read the opening speech.

The CBN Governor while commending the players for their spirit of sportsmanship and high level of play, noted that the Bank would continue to sponsor the tournament to ensure it retains its status as a major sporting event in the calendar of the Nigeria Tennis Federation.

“Let me also reiterate that the CBN remains passionate about the youth of this great country and will continue to seek ways to empower and impact the lives of its teeming young population as the role of sports in youth development anywhere in the world cannot be overemphasized. Sports provide an avenue to engage young people positively, and by so doing curb delinquency. Competitive sports often serve as platforms to showcase raw talents in young people, leading to recognition and social advancement.”

Also at the event, the President Nigeria Tennis Federation, Mr. Efedayo Akindoju, commended the Apex Bank for its commitment to the sponsorship of the tournament adding that this has helped in showcasing a lot of tennis talents to the world.

President, Nigeria Tennis Federation, Mr. Efedayo Akindoju

The NTF President however assured that the Federation would continue to focus on young players in order to position and prepare them for world-class tournaments.

In the Wheelchair final, men’s category, Alex Adewale beat Wasiu Yusuf 6-2,6-7,7-5 to emerge the winner while Kafaya Omisere defeated Oluwakemi Segun 6-1,6-2 to win the women’s category.

All the winners in one picture.

Marylove Edwards and Oyinlomo Qadre won the women’s doubles final as Anu Aigbesi retired due to injury while in the men’s doubles final, the duo between Mathew Abamu and Chima Micheal VS Oche Adei and Wilson Igbinovial ended 6-3,6-4 in favour of Oche and Wilson.

Trophies before the presentation.

The highlights of the event include the presentation of trophies and cash prizes to winners.

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