Rainoil explains investment in Nigerian tennis development
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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