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Rainoil explains investment in Nigerian tennis development

Henry Atseye is one of the budding stars made for the Rainoil Nigerian Open Tennis Championship

Organisers of the Rainoil Tennis Open tournament have promised to make the event a season-ending programme in the calendar of the Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF). The organisers also explained that they are in tennis to help develop the game to the level that Nigeria will return to the summit of the sport in the continent.

Speaking on his company’s interest in the game, Chief Executive Officer of Rainoil, Gabriel Ogbechie recalled that Nigeria used to be regarded as one of the strongest tennis bases in Africa, adding that some of the best players in the world used to come to the country to play.

“Thomas Muster of Austria, who was a former world number one, came here to play in Lagos some years back and same for Kevin Anderson of South Africa, who lost to Nadal in the final of this year’s US Open.

“This is because we have great tournaments that attract potential superstars of the game, who went on to prove their talents at global stage.”

Ogbechie revealed that the foray of Rainoil in a national open tournament was to pave way for an international tournament that would see stars from various parts of the world come to play in Nigeria.

“We are dreaming and planning big for Nigerian tennis, as we are working on modalities to step up the Rainoil Open to an international tennis tournament so that some of our players can get ranking points,” he said.

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