The Zenith Bank Grand slam Tennis Championship kicks off on Monday at the tennis section of the Ikoyi Club 1938.
The tournament will be continuing for the the next six days.
Ccaptain of tennis section, Ekene Nwaokolo disclosed that about 90 players will compete in the tournament which will be in six categories namely Men’s Singles A, Men’s Singles B, Ladies’ Singles, Veteran Singles (60+69) Super Veteran (70+) and Team tournament which would see a mixture of male and female players competing for honours under the various services platform of Zenith Bank.
The individual tournaments will get underway on Monday (today) while the battle for the team tournament starts tomorrow. All matches are slated for evening.
With last edition ‘s Men’s Singles A champion Chiwetel Njokanma ruled out, former Nigeria player, Destiny Da Silva is now the favourite for the title which he fell short to land last year at the last hurdle
Da Silva will be eyeing another successful campaign at a Zenith Bank-sponsored tennis championship as he won the top prizee at the Lagos Country Club last September.
Tennis icon, Godwin Kienka, is also favoured to retain the Veteran’s title while the likes of Maryann Chuks, Juliana Kpamori and others will battle for the Ladies’ category top prize.
“We are set for what promises to be an exciting, lively and memorable week of tennis as the wide range of categories add spices to the events especially in the team event which always generates lot of excitements,” Nwaokolo said while commending Zenith Bank for its unflinching sponsorship of various activities sections of Ikoyi Club over the years