The 42nd edition of the CBN Senior Open Tennis Championship will get underway in November at the National Tennis Court in Abuja.
This is the first Senior Tournament, since sports resumed to normalcy, following the Covid-19 pandemic. The tournament is expected to serve off on November 6 through to 14.
The CBN Senior Open, which has been in existence since 1979, will be hosted in Abuja for the third straight year, although Lagos hosted the tournament until 2018.
This year’s event will have the men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles and the women’s doubles, wheelchair men’s singles and wheelchair women’s singles categories, with a best of three tiebreaks set format.
The men’s singles will have a draw since of 64, then the women singles and men’s double will both have a draw size of 32 and the women’s double will have a draw size of 16.
Sylvester Emmanuel claimed his second CBN Senior title in the 2019 edition and was awarded the cash prize of 700, 000 naira. He will be aiming to win the title for a straight third year, while Oyinlomo Quadre, the defending champion in the women’s singles category will hope to maintain her 2019 form, especially as 2-time former champion, Sarah Adegoke is back in the tournament.
The annual hard-court event which is bankrolled by CBN promises to be action-packed, with 6-time champion, Abdulmumin Babalola aiming to equal the long-standing record of seven titles won in the men’s singles event, a record held by David Imonitie since 1991.
Sarah Adegoke is back in the tournament after missing out in the 2019 edition due to ‘personal issues’. She won the 2017 and 2018 women’s singles title and will seek to dethrone Oyinlomo Quadre this year.