Nigeria’s U-14 boys listed for ITF World Team Cup qualifiers
Following their impressive outing at the 2016 ITF/CAT Africa Junior Championship in Pretoria, South Africa, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) has listed Nigeria’s U14 boys team for the World Team Cup African qualifiers.
According to a mail sent to the Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF) by the General Manager of the Confederation of African Tennis (CAT), the qualifiers, which is scheduled for June 3 to 18 at the Clay Court of La Marsa Tunis, Tunisia, will see Nigeria competing with Seychelles, Mauritius and host, Tunisia, for the sole ticket of the main tournament billed for Spain later in the year.
South Africa and Kenya are the alternate teams in order of priority.
“The listing of our junior teams is a reflection of the growth that Nigerian tennis has made at the junior level in recent years and we can only get better if all hands are on deck,” NTF president, Sani Ndanusa, said, while appealing for corporate and individual support for tennis in Nigeria.
The latest development is coming on the heels of Nigeria’s listing as Africa’s first alternate ahead of Kenya for the Junior Davis Cup for the Boys’ 16 & under, following the country’s best outing in the history of the tournament. South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Cote d’Ivoire, Mauritius and Tunisia are listed for the qualifiers.
Michael Osewa was Nigeria’s star performer at the 11-day tournament, where he reached the final only to lose the boys’ 14 & under title match to Damien Laporte of Seychelles.