At the end of day-two proceedings of the Kaduna State/Nocaco U16 Clay Court Tennis Championship ongoing in Kaduna, 30 matches have so far been played in the developmental tournament.
Nine matches were played on Day-one of the tourney on Monday, which witnessed only afternoon session, as the players used the morning to acclimatise on the clay court surface.
Day-two on Tuesday featured 21 matches played in both the morning and afternoon sessions. The tournament is being played on round robin basis.
Chairman Media Committee of the tournament and Special Adviser Media to the Commissioner of Sport, Alhaji Ismaila Umaru Lere said the tournament started on a good note.
“Matches involved the U-16 players in the main draw while some players from primary schools were also accommodated and allowed to play. This is for their show of commitment and passion for the game,” he said.
The Special Adviser said plans are underway to organize a clinic for some selected schools to refresh the players on the rudiments of the game. “You know event like this, is developmental there is always need to broaden the scope of participants particularly young players and attract them to the game”.
For the Tennis National Coach who is also the Kaduna state Coach, Ubale Muhammed, the entries from students across the state was overwhelming. “I am very impressed with the level of play and the entries from across, which makes it appear as if we are having a national competition with lot of kids coming from Zaria and Kafanchan to participate”.
Coach Ubale suggests that this kind of development competition will go a long way to help the state identify talents which would add up in its data base and form basis for its tennis team for years to come.