Tennis: Odizor plans to revive Ogbe Hard Court

Nigerian tennis legend, Nduka Odizor, says plans are in the offing to revive the Ogbe Hard Court International Tennis tournament,The PUNCH reports.

The tourney was last held 16 years ago, our correspondent learnt.

He stated that apart form reviving the foremost tennis tournament in the country, a blue print would be presented to help restore tennis in the country.

“I’ve met the Governor of the state (Edo) and some other stakeholders,” he added.

“Ogbe Hard Court is a very important tournament that groomed us up,” Odizor said in an interview with TVC.

“Players like myself, Austin Nwokedi, Sadiq Abdulahi and others horned our skills playing at that tournament. It will be nice to have tournaments but the economy and other factors have made it tough. My friends and I are trying to rescusitate it.”

Odizor said there were plans to build tennis facilities in the six geo-political zones in the country in a bid to groom emerging tennis youngsters.

“We are trying to see how we can set up tennis facilities not run by government but private individuals which I’m part of in the six geo-political zones.

“Slowly groom the kids from eight to 13 years, that the blueprint that works worldwide and we believe that it will work in Nigeria. That will be my little way of helping Nigerian tennis.”

Odizor who established a tennis foundation in 2004, which he runs from his base in Houston, the United States and offices in Abuja and Asaba also blamed the retrogression of the game in the country to a lack of consistency on the part of the Nigeria Tennis Federation.

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