The International Tennis Federation has approved two weeks of junior tournaments in Nigeria. The Nigeria Tennis Federation had applied for nine weeks so as to foster the development of the sport in Nigeria, but the global body has granted just two, with the tournaments set to be staged in Abuja in July.

The President of the NTF, Engr. Dayo Akindoju, earlier disclosed that a key part of the Federation’s plans for 2019 is to concentrate on the development of junior players, which prompted the national body to request for nine weeks of tournaments from the ITF. The world body initially approved only one week, but the NTF wrote back to the ITF restating its request for nine weeks.

The ITF has now approved two weeks of junior tournaments, with the Under-18 events set to be staged in Abuja from 15-28 July. The newly-approved two weeks are not in addition to the single week that was initially approved by the ITF.

The request for more junior tournaments are a part of the NTF’s plans to develop tennis from the grassroots, with the Federation also pushing for the establishment of a High Performance Centre in the country.