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Wheelchair tennis stars are African champions

07 March 2014, 14:23

Abuja - Wheelchair tennis mentor, Frank Tarmena, welcomed his team’s victory at the just-ended BNP Paribas World Team Cup African Qualification.

During the tournament held in Kenya, the Nigerian side triumphed at the tournament for the third successive year.

In the men’s final Ayoub Ettali saved two match points for top seed Morocco in the third and deciding set of the first singles rubber after breaking Nigeria’s Wasiu Yusuf to level the score at 5-5. However, Yusuf broke straight back and went on to secure a 6-4 3-6 7-5 win for second seed Nigeria as the two nations met in the final at the Nairobi Club for the second time in three years.

All three rubbers of this year’s final went to a deciding set, but Alex Adewale clinched Nigeria’s qualification for World Group II after defeating Boukartacha Lhaj 6-2 1-6 6-1 in the second singles.

Morocco gained some compensation in the dead doubles rubber as Fouad Boughnim partnered Lhaj to earn a 1-6 6-4 (11-9) win over Adewale and Yusuf, but Nigeria’s overall 2-1 victory resulted in a triumph at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup African Qualification for the third successive year.

The event is scheduled for The Netherlands in May.

Following the latest triumph, Tarmena was delighted.

“Wheelchair tennis is on the rise in Africa from what I saw,” he said.

“It is great kudos for the ITF (International Tennis Federation) for its development stand. It means a lot and shows the players have the commitment and it is great that we (Nigeria) keep being the champions.”

 – CAJ News

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