Quarter-final action in the singles event will take centre stage at the National Tennis Centre in Abuja on Friday, with the top seeds in both fields looking to secure last four spots.
Abayomi Philips, the top seed in the boys singles, will be looking to go one better than his previous performance, when he takes on David Dawariye.
Philips, who went out in the quarter-finals in the first leg last week, has been impressive this week, beating Gaddafi Yakubu in the first round and securing a three set victory over David John in the second round on Thursday. Can he get past Dawariye and stay on track for the title?
Dawariye, meanwhile, defeated Suleiman Ibrahim in three sets to reach his first ITF Junior quarterfinals. Can he go a step higher on Friday?
2nd seed, Assil Boussayri and Musa Mohammed open play on Court 4. Boussayri fell in the first leg quarter-finals to eventual champion, Canice Abua. This week however, the Moroccan has been exceptional, dismissing Kumabo Kundams and Gabriel Friday in straights. Can he maintain the momentum against Mohammed?
Mohammed has equally been brilliant this week. The 17-year-old, who finished as runner-up in the first leg, hasn’t dropped a set and will be looking to do better this week in his bid for a first ITF Junior title.
In the first match on Court 3, Canice Abua will look to mark his 15th birthday in style, when he goes head-to-head with 3rd seed, Emmanuel Jebutu. It will be a rematch of the pair’s semi-final encounter last week, which Abua won 6-3, 7-5 en route to the title.
Can the youngster prevail again and stretch his winning streak to 8 matches? Or will Jebutu exact revenge and bring his opponent’s stunning run to an end?
In the girls field, top seed, Oyinlomo Quadre takes on Switzerland’s Jade Haller. Quadre is looking to claim back-to-back titles on the ITF Junior title and comes into this match on the back of a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Omolayo Bamidele. Haller, meanwhile, handed Mariam Salami a double bagel in her opener on Thursday to begin her quest for a first ITF title since 2017 on a fine note. She’ll however face her toughest test yet against Quadre.
On Court 4, Jesutoyosi Adeusi faces a very tricky test against second seed, Marylove Edwards. Adeusi finished as a quarter-finalist last week and will be looking to go one better this time. But Edwards will prove difficult. The 14-year-old is on a 6-match winning streak and is aiming to clinch her second straight ITF title this week.
Friday’s Order of Play