A day after Kenyan John Uburu won the maiden edition of the fun filled Kaduna Marathon, the Kaduna Clay Court National Junior Tennis Championship commenced on the 23rd at the Kaduna Club.
For the first time in over 10 years, the Kaduna Clay Court National Junior Tennis will take place, and it would feature the best kids across the country in each of the four categories – Boys 14-16, and Girls 14-16.
Eligibility for the 11th Edition range from players aged 16 and must be born on January 1 between the year 2004 and 2007, such would have reached their 13th birthday or before the first day of competition.
For players in aged 14 and below, they must have been born between the year 2006 and 2009 and must have reached their 11th birthday before the first day of competition.
The tournament, which was first staged in 1978, has 18 states and over 100 athletes registered.
According to the Tournament Director, Coach Ubale Mohammed, the organisers are ready for an eventful championship .
“So far we have 18 states that are registered for the tournaments. The 18 states are Niger, Oyo, Ekiti, Taraba, FCT, Adamawa, Benue, Nassarawa, Katsina, Kaduna, Kebbi, Delta, Kano, Plateau, Kogi, Lagos, Niger and Jigawa.
“We have over 100 players for all the four categories which is beyond our expectations. In the draws for the 14 and Under, we are going to be having a draw of 64 even after we were expecting a draw of 16 or maximum 32. For the other categories, we will find a way to contain it at 32.”
The director also revealed that the sponsor (Anchor Dataware Solutions) alongside Kaduna State Tennis Association has made provisions for various incentives for the excellent performers (winners and runner-ups) in the tournament.
“We will give them rackets, tennis bags, tennis wears, grips, tennis balls and so on. We also have trophies and medals for them too. Some of the winners will be incorporated into our academy, so that during the holidays they can come to Kaduna and train.”
The tournament would end on the 29th of November .