Nigeria’s Abayomi Philips and Linda Nga of Cameroon are set to lead the field at the ITF Grade 5 tournament: J5 Abuja in November, as youngsters from around the world coverage in Abuja to compete for top honours on the ITF Junior Circuit.
The tournament, which is organized and partly sponsored by the Nigeria Tennis Federation, will take place on the hard courts of the National Tennis Centre, Abuja, from 3 November to 17 November. For the first week, main draw action will get under way on 5 – 10, while play for the second week serves off on 11 – 17 November.
Abayomi Philips leads the pack in the boys field as the highest-ranked player with a ranking of 585. The 17-year-old has had a good year on the Circuit, winning a title in Accra, Ghana and making deep runs in Lome, Togo and Cotonou, Benin Republic.
Kodjo Charles of Togo, who’s also won a title this year, is listed in the main draw. Some of the Nigerians in the boys draw are Emmanuel Jebutu, Michael Osewa, Joshua Aji and David Dawariye.
Assil Boussayri of Morocco and Reginald Okantey are among players in the boys singles draw.
Linda Nga leads the field in the girls singles draw, with her sister, Manuelle Nga. Oiza Yakubu, Omolade Aderemi, Omolayo Bamidele, Toyosi Adeusi and Serena Teluwo are the Nigerians in the draw. Kenza Ramy of Egypt, Jade Haller of Switzerland and America’s Simer Ahuja are among those listed in the girls draw.
Both the boys and girls singles categories have a main draw size of 32 and also a qualifying draw size of 32, while the doubles draw size is 16.