This Day (Lagos)

22 February 2010

Nigeria: Yusuf Retains Wheelchair Tennis Crown

Lagos — Defending champion, Wasiu Yusuf was the hero of the night at the 3rd New Era National Wheel Chair Tennis Championship, after overcoming his perennial rival Jude Uwaize for the third time in a row to win the men's single trophy for keep. At the final match which attracted top dignitaries including the National Sports Commission (NSC) boss, Engr. Sani Ndanusa, Lagos state Governor, Babatunde Raji-Fashola and the former state governor, Asiwaju Bola-Ahmed Tinubu, the two finalist gave a good account of themselves but it was Yusuf who had the better of his opponent in a 6-0, 6-4 score line and won the N200, 000 star prize while the runner up also went home with N150, 000.

The duo of Alex Adewale and Audu Mohamed who lost out at the semi final stage were given N70, 000 each just as all the players that reached the last 16th of the competition were rewarded with cash incentives as well.

In the female category, the defending champion Oluwatosin Dawodu lost to Remilekun Basanya in sets of 2-6, 6-1, and 6-1. The winner also received N200, 000 for her effort while the runner up was given N150, 000.

Just like in the male category, the prize money in the female section was the same and the sponsor of the tournament disclosed that part of the motives behind the fixed prizes is to ensure that the female winners can set themselves up in trading or other businesses even if the level of play is not measurable with their counterparts in male section.

In all N1.9million cash prizes was given out to all the deserved winners.

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