Joseph Imeh defeated Nonso Madueke 6-3, 3-1 emerged the champion of the 2020 Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Senior Tennis Championship in the Men’s Singles for the first time.
Imeh who was last year’s semi-finalist and tournament seeded numbers 2 started the game brightly before Nonso exited the game due to injury held on Saturday at the Tennis Court, National Stadium, Abuja.
In the same vein, defending champion Oyinlomo Barakat Quadry beat Marylove Edwards in two straight-set 6-0, 6-0 to retain the women’s singles title in grand style.
Meanwhile, in the men’s singles Wheelchair final Alex Adewale beat Wasiu Yusuf 6-1, 6-2 to win the CBN Tennis Open for the eighth consecutive years, as Chituru Nwaozuzu defeated Kafayat Omisore 6-2, 2-6, 10-6 to lift the Women’s Singles title for the first time.
In the doubles event, the duo of Abdulmumin Babalola and Lawal Shehu were too good for Joseph Imeh and Albert Bikom as they retired.
The combined effort of Oyinlomo Quadre and Serena Teluwo overpowered Omolayo Bamidele and Jesutoyosi Adeusi 6-2, 6-4 in the women’s doubles final.
It will be noted that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) dolled out a whopping sum of N14 million to sponsor the 42nd Edition of the CBN Tennis Open.
Giving a breakdown of the prize money, the National President of the Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF), Engr Ifadayo Akindoju, said that while the participants for men’s singles will smile to the bank with N4.37 million, men’s double N1.35 million, ladies’ singles, N2.81 million, ladies’ double N1.35 million, wheelchair men’s singles N1.51 million and ladies’ singles N1.51 million.
Winners of in the men’s and women’s singles categories pocketed N700,000 each, while runners-up each received the sum of N350,000.
Winners in the men’s and women’s wheel-chair categories have received the sum of N250,000 each, just as the winners in the doubles categories received N220,000.