Holmes triumphs at Third Fashanu memorial tennis classic



Lagos Country Club’s (Tennis Section) in-form star, Matt Holmes, at the weekend beat all comers to win the third Fashanu Memorial Tennis Classic which featured 32 players drawn from the club.

The event, tagged ‘American Tournament,’ saw players picking different partners at random.

Five round of matches were played by each players and at the end of hostilities, Holmes, the club’s in-form player, topped classification with 19 points to cart home the biggest trophy.

He was closely followed by Ayo Oludemi and Omatsola Abati, who also received trophies by placing second and third with 18 points.

Obi Obed, Prince Adejoro Olateru-Olagbegi, Kola Sofola, Tony Unuavworho, Bimbo Okubena, Niyi Ademowo and Segun Aluko all made the top 10.

Tosin Osikoya, Ify Adewunmi and Lola Aluko were the top-three finishers in the women’s category.

Sewa Teluwo defeated Anabel Obosi, while Tobi Ayoola edged Seni Osikoya to the red ball title. Ololade Holmes beat Serena Teluwo for the girl’s junior title, just as Kareem Kareem toppled Gideon Aluko for the junior boy’s crown.

Emmanuel Attah and Ndubuisi Egbo got N50,000 and N20,000 for winner and runner up in the senior ball boys, while semifinalists got N10,000. The junior ball boys winner got N25, 000 while the finalist and semifinalists got N20, 000 and N10,000.

Sponsor of the tournament, Babatunde Fashanu (SAN), thanked members for honouring him by participating in the tournament.

In view of its rigorous format, he promised to donate a defibrillator – a device that gives a high-energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall in treating a cardiac arrest – to the club.

Section chairman, Arinze Onubogu, described it as one of the biggest donations to the tennis section.

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