The much awaited Maiden edition of the NUJ-Prince Ned Nwoko Lawn Tennis Championship gets under way Friday 22 December 2017 at the Ned Nwoko Tourist Resort, Idumuje-Ugboko, Aniocha South Local Government council area of Delta State.
The Tennis championship, a pet project of the Comrade Michael Ikeogwu-led state council, of the NIgeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), is one of the programmes lined up by the current leadership of the union to engage stakeholders within and outside the state.
According to a statement issued by Comrade Etu Moses and Comrade Patrick Uzoyi-Peters, Chairman and Secretary, NUJ Delta State Sports Committee respectively, part of the main objectives of the championship is to revive the game of Lawn Tennis in the state.
It will also serve as a medium to immortalise the legendary Duke Nduka Odizor one of the country’s best ever lawn tennis player who at the height of his career, reached his highest Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) singles ranking of World No. 52 in June 1984 and is a citizen of Delta State. Odizor’s desires to return home and help to make the championship in partnership with NUJ an annual event that is expected in time to be ATP rated, is why the star First prize is named after him. The second prize trophy is named after Prince Ned Nwoko while the third is called the NUJ Delta trophy. All the trophies come with yet to be announced cash prizes.
The championship which commences 9am on Saturday 23 December 2017, has three lawn tennis clubs from Asaba and Warri, competing for laurels.