P’Harcourt set for NCC tennis

Posted on Oct 24 2017 - 1:03pm by admin

The NCC Tennis League has been scheduled to resume this weekend with a decisive tie at the Port Harcourt Club between 2015 runners-up Team Civil Defence of Abuja and Team Kalotari.

The tournament went on a two-week break because of the Governor’s Cup  tennis competition,  which ended in Lagos on  Saturday.

The Port Harcourt tie will feature some of the best players in the country including four present and former national champions with the winner getting the second semifinal spot from the Blue Group. Team Muller of Lagos, who  beat both teams, have  already secured top spot.

Team Civil Defence have reigning  national champion Abdulmumuni Babalola and ex-national champion Clifford Enosoroegbe as the leading male players,  with Christie Agugbom, current women’s champion, as their lead female player.

These champions will however have to contend with a more youthful side led by Christian Paul, who got to the round of 16 in singles and the quarterfinals in the doubles at the Lagos Governor’s Cup. The team also have  fast improving Ikechukwu Iloputa a quarterfinalist in the doubles at the Governor’s Cup and national junior girl’s champion Angel Mcleod.

The tie will feature two men’s singles, a ladies singles and a men’s doubles on the first day and two men’s reverse singles and a mixed doubles on the second day.

The two other fixtures  from the Blue Group will take place in Lagos.

Team VGC Lions will host Team Optiweb of Ilorin at the VGC Sports Club in Lekki, Lagos,  while Team Muller will take on Team Oluyole of Ibadan at the National Stadium, Lagos.

The league,  which has now reached the business end with the final round robin ties,  is offering a consolidated prize money of N23m  and has taken topflight tennis to 12 cities.

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