Two, Nigeria is hosting a few low-level international tennis tournaments.
No Top Nigerian Tennis Pros
Currently, all Africa has in the top 100 ATP/WTA rankings are 1 South African man (Kevin Anderson) and 1 South African woman.
All the Africans in the top 1000 (13 men / 6 women) are from South Africa (and Zimbabwe) or North Africa (Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco). There are however many unranked Nigerian players on the pro-circuit. I'll make an excuse for them: tennis is expensive.
Few Top Nigerian Juniors
The Africans have a bigger and more diverse presence on the JUNIOR rankings table of the International Tennis Federation(ITF). First of all, there are 3 boys and 4 girls from Africa in their top 100, with 53 boys and 42 girls in the top 1000.
Nigerian boys Emmanuel Udoko and Umaru Balami, and a girl Sarah Adegoke are in the respective top 1000 rankings for juniors.
|Umaru Balami of Nigeria|
|Emmanuel Idoko of Nigeria|
I used to read about them in NEXT, and became colleagues and friends with Tolu Asaolu and the other sports reporters - Jide Alaka, Tunde Eludini, Ifeanyi Ibeh, Nnamdi Okosieme. Few paid attention to the junior sports stories, being so carried away with millionaire football stars.
|Sarah Adegoke, click for photo source|
|Sarah Adegoke, Governors Cup Lagos Tennis|
Cool tourneys in Lagos
I can't wait to finally watch some live, courtside tennis, my first time ever.
|Tafawa Balewa Square and Lagos Lawn Tennis Club (photo:ITF)|
Follow the tournaments
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|Lagos Nigeria aerial view (photo: ITF)|