Nigeria’s top junior, Oyinlomo Quadre, teen sensation, Abayomi Philips are among eight players who have been given wildcards for the first leg of the Lagos Open, with main draw action set to begin on Tuesday, 8 October.
Others include, Emmanuel Idoko and Emmanuel Paul, both of whom represented Nigeria at the Davis Cup last month, youngster, Oiza Yakubu, Nigerian-British, Mukhtar Andu, US-based Nigerian, Adesuwa Osabuohein and Nigerian-Dane, Divine Nweke.
Quadre has been in sensational form on the ITF Junior Circuit and is currently the highest-ranked Nigerian on the ITF World Junior Rankings at 211. The 16-year-old has won two titles on the ITF Junior Circuit, with victories in Megrine, Tunisia in April and Lome, Togo last month. Having made the second round in the first leg of the Lagos Open last year, the youngster will be looking to improve on that this week in Onikan.
Abayomi Philips has equally been sensational on the Junior Circuit, making the final in three of his previous four tournaments and emerging winner in one – at the GTFLifetime Athletic Open in Accra, Ghana in August. It will be the youngster’s first appearance in this event.
Emmanuel Idoko will be making his fifth appearance in the main draw of the Lagos Open after receiving a wildcard. Idoko’s teammate at this year’s Davis Cup in Kenya, Emmanuel Paul, also received a wildcard.
Adesuwa Osabuohein, who’s based in the United States, makes her return to the Lagos Open for the second year running as a wildcard. The 25-year-old was part of the team which represented Nigeria in tennis at the African Games in Morocco in August, where the team secured two Bronze medals in tennis. Osabuohein, who couldn’t get past the first round in both legs last year, will aim to do better this time.
15-year-old Divine Nweke, who’s based in Denmark, will be making her debut at the Lagos Open, while Mukhtar Andu returns as a wildcard for the second straight year. The 15-year-old made the round of 16 in the second leg last year.