The Organizing Committee of the Dala Hard Court Tennis Championships have decided that the 34th edition of the tournament will not be taking place this year. They cited health concerns in light of the COVID-19 pandemic situation, as major reason for the decision.

In a press release from the Tournament Director, Yusuf Datti, addressed to the media, the organizers acknowledged the resumption of sporting activities around the world, but insisted that they cannot “ignore the attendant risk associated with this pandemic.”

“Therefore, it has been decided to postpone the tournament until next year when we hope the conditions will be more favorable and safe,” he wrote. “We like to call on all stakeholders, especially our sponsors to understand and support our decision.”

“We assure you of our continued commitment to this historical championship while counting on your continued support and sponsorship as well.”

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An elated Joseph Imeh with his trophies in 2019.

Recall that the 33rd edition of the tournament took place in 2019, with Joseph Imeh emerging winner in the men’s singles category, for the second time. While the then 16-year-old Oyinlomo Quadre claimed the women’s singles. They went home with N1,000,000 and N600,000 in prize money, respectively.

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Oyinlomo Quadre, 2019 Dala Hard Court women’s singles champion.