The Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF) has declared its intention to develop the sport from grassroots level.
Concise News reports that President of the federation Ifedayo Akindoju made the declaration on Sunday in Abuja in an interview with NAN.
Akindoju made the declaration on the sidelines of a tennis tournament organised by the Nigeria Tennis Federation, in collaboration with International Tennis Federation (ITF).
The president says Nigeria tennis has developed to international level and that the federation is focusing on building young players for future competitions.
“As a federation, 80 per cent of our priorities is to build and develop junior players. We are working on how we build a school for young players.
“We have a Portuguese player with us in the federation who is here with us to set up on how we can start a junior developmental programme.
“We want to create an academy for young players; as they are learning the sport, they will also be studying alongside to develop their performances in the sport,” he says.
He says the tournament would attract sponsors, adding that it was also a source of tourism.
”The two players that played the final game are both foreigners from France and Ukraine; they came to Nigeria specifically for this tournament.
“About 28 countries are participating in this three weeks competition and the largest number of players came from Europe and America,” the president says.
He adds that the federation was trying to introduce electronic scoreboard in the bid to improve standards of officiating in the game.
NAN reports the tournament, which is an annual event, is being organised by Tombim Sports Foundation, Dayak Nigeria Limited and Gladiator System Limited (GSL).
A total of 28 countries are participating in the tournament, which is holding at the Tennis Complex of the National Stadium, Abuja.