The mandate agreed upon for sustainable tennis development in Abuja promised by the new executive board has begun. The Abuja Tennis Club have swung to action by hosting orphans of Christ Royal Treasure Orphanage to a charity lawn tennis competition between former national champion, Sunday Maku and a prominent member of the Abuja tennis club Ibiso West at the Package B, central court of the Abuja National Stadium.
President of the ATC, Paul Muoh said that the event was to reinstate his goal to revive the development of the game of tennis through youth development.
He stated that his aim was to develop the game of tennis while at the same time use it to generate love and unity between families and those who are less privileged.
Ibiso, a prominent member of the club single-handedly sponsored the event which served as a tool to introduce tennis to the grassroots. He is recognized by his friends and colleagues as one with the zeal to promote tennis in the country.
The competition featured challenges between Sunday Maku, former national champion and Ibiso West while professional female players also performed. The last competition held between two former young Fulani herdsmen aged 10 and 12 also spiced up the event with their skilful displays to cap the evening's performance.
The organization of the Charity match has helped score some major points for Muoh and the Abuja Tennis Club. It has brought to the fore his resolve to effect change and revival for the development of tennis at the grassroots level. More so, the completion was organised barely a month after the ATC's election. In addition, the junior tournament, regarded as the end of the year tourney has also been scheduled to take place this weekend and Muoh reveals that it is as much important in his effort to ensure youth development.
He stated that the ATC has mapped out a programme that will seek to create tennis stars, such as the Williams sisters, Roger Federer, Novak Djkovic and others. He noted that the gains of plans put in place will soon be noticed and that the expected dividends will also be reaped in the near future.
He decried the neglect of tennis and appealed to government and corporate organisations to come to the aid of tennis development through sponsorship of tournaments.