Oyo State was lighted up during the course of the week, as the first edition of the Governor Seyi Makinde Tennis Championship held at the Ibadan Recreation Club in Oyo State.

The 3-day clay court event is an initiative of Hon. Oluwatobi Oyewumi, the Special Assistant to the Governor of Oyo State on Sports Development. The tournament is dedicated to discovering new Tennis talents, as well as an opportunity to honour the Sports loving Governor, on the occasion of his birthday this week. The Governor turned 53 today, the 25th of December.

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, declared the tournament open on Tuesday 22nd of December 2020, with an exhibition match between himself and his Chief of Staff, Chief Oyebisi Ilaka, a match which the Governor won convincingly.

Adegoke, Ganiyu, Others, Claim Honours at the Governor Seyi Makinde Tennis Championship

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde(R) and Chief of Staff, Oyo State, Oyebisi Ilaka just before their exhibition match.

Adegoke, Ganiyu, Others, Claim Honours at the Governor Seyi Makinde Tennis Championship

Governor Seyi Makinde in action.

The tournament saw actions in five categories; Boys 16 and Under, Girls 16 and Under, Men’s Singles, Ladies Singles and Super Veteran Doubles, with elite players in all categories contesting for the Governor’s prize.

In the juniors, 13-year-old Mubarak Ganiyu overcame a much more experienced Michael Akinmusire 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 in the finals to win the Boys 16 and Under category, while Imole Afolabi won a hard-fought match against Niniola Ajulo 6-1, 2-6, 11-9 to emerge winner in the Girls 16 and Under category.

Adegoke, Ganiyu, Others, Claim Honours at the Governor Seyi Makinde Tennis Championship

Mubarak Ganiyu.

Niniola Ajulo and Imole Afolabi

Niniola Ajulo and Imole Afolabi(R).

Elsewhere in the Men’s Singles category, Ismaila Adesina narrowly defeated Samson Adewale 4-6, 6-1, 10-7 to secure victory. Adesina got a N50,000 prize money alongside his winner’s trophy, while Adewale got half of that sum for finishing as runner-up.

Ismaila Adesina

Ismaila Adesina.

Meanwhile in the Ladies Singles, two-time CBN Champion Sarah Adegoke eased past Abiodun Oyegoke 6-0, 6-0 to win the Ladies category and a N40,000 prize money, while Oyegoke got N20,000 for coming second in the category.

Sarah Adegoke 2 GSM

Sarah Adegoke in action.

Finally, the Super Veteran Doubles Category, meant for players aged 60 years and above, saw the Chairman of Oyo State Tennis Association, Akin Orebiyi partner with Tajudeen Kasali to defeat the duo of Segun Bolarinwa and Rasheed Oloyede 6-3, 6-3.

Akin Orebiyi and Tajudeen Kasali

Chairman Oyo State Tennis Association, Akin Orebiyi and Tajudeen Kasali.

 

LIST OF WINNERS

Boys 16 and Under

Mubarak Ganiyu bt. Michael Akinmusire 5-7, 6-1, 6-1

Girls 16 and Under

Imole Afolabi bt. Niniola Ajulo 6-1, 2-6, 11-9

Men’s Singles

Ismaila Adesina bt. Samson Adewale 4-6, 6-1, 10-7

Ladies Singles

Sarah Adegoke bt. Abiodun Oyegoke 6-0, 6-0

Super Veteran Doubles

Akin Orebiyi/Tajudeen Kasali bt. Segun Bolarinwa/Rasheed Oloyede 6-3, 6-3