The second edition of the PUMA Engineering Wheelchair Open serves off this month, and players from India, Ghana, Cameroon, Kenya, Tanzania and host nation, Nigeria have already registered to compete for top honours at the event.
The event will get underway on 29 October to 2 November at the National Tennis Centre in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city.
The tournament, a hard-court event on the ITF Futures Series, features the men’s and women’s singles categories, as well as the men’s and women’s doubles, and has prize-money of $3,500.
Like it’s inaugural edition last year, this year’s event will have a main draw size of 16 in both the men’s and women’s singles, while the doubles for both sexes will have a main draw size of 8.
Alex Adewale won the men’s singles title last year, defeating Peter Munuve in the final, and partnered with his countryman, Wasiu Yusuf to win the doubles title. In the women’s singles, Kafayat Omisore clinched the title with victory over Kenya’s Jane Ndenga in the final, and also the doubles title in partnership with Kemi Oluwasegun of Nigeria.
Adewale is expected to feature in this year’s event. The Paralympian is in good form, having clinched his 7th consecutive men’s singles title at the CBN Open in June. Kafayat Omisore also, is expected to participate. Omisore claimed this year’s CBN Open women’s singles title- her 3rd straight at the event.
The PUMA Engineering Wheelchair Open was facilitated by Engr. Sani Ndanusa, the President of Wheelchair Tennis in Africa.