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