Bulus, Maxwell win CBN Junior Tennis Championships’ MVP awards
Chris Bulus from Lagos and Timipre Maxwell from the Port Harcourt-based Kodian Tennis Foundation at the weekend won the coveted most valuable players awards for the boys and girls categories respectively at the just-concluded .
Bulus, 16, who played in the Boys’ 16s and 18s (because of the policy of the organisers to allow the top four seeds in a lower age group play up one age category) lost in the semifinals of the 16s, but recovered to reach the Boys 18s final where he lost to Martins Abamu also from Lagos.
Maxwell, on the other hand, moved up to the Girls 12 this year and won the event beating Iye Onoja from Kaduna. She also reached the Girls 14 final, where she lost to the highly talented Marylove Edwards. Edwards also featured in the Girls’ 16 finals losing to another prodigious junior talent Angel Mcleod, while Onoja won the Girls’ 10 title, beating Serena Teluwo from Lagos.
In the other boys’ events, Austen Stephen from Lagos upset Chris Itodo from Kaduna in the Boys’ 16s final to win his first junior title.
Gabriel Friday from Kaduna pulled one back for his team by overcoming a hard fighting Mathew Abamu in the Boys 14. Kodian Tennis Foundation got their second title through David Dawariye, who beat Usman Kushimo from Abeokuta in the Boys 12 category.
The Boys 10 title was won by Daniel Adeleye from Ekiti who beat Fortune Joseph from Lagos. The grand finale of the weeklong championship was attended by many dignitaries, including the former Minister of External Affairs, Odein Ajumogobia, Ambassador Florence Oku of COPAZ, the President of the Nigeria Tennis Federation, represented by Duro Ikhazuagbe and CBN’s Director of Corporate Communications, Ibrahim Muazu.