CBN Junior Tennis: David Edward steps out big

The CBN Junior Championship taking place at the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos gathered steam on Monday with a record entry of 215 players from all over Nigeria.

One of the highlights of the early rounds came in the Boys 10 & under where David Edwards, younger brother of Marylove, the prodigious female talent who got to the finals of the CBN Seniors last year, made his debut in a national event.

The eight year old David beat Israel Iyano-Taiwo from Oyo State 6-0 in the one set match and talked of his determination to surpass his sister in the game of tennis.

“I love tennis and enjoy my training. I want to be better than my sister and also go to America,” Edward said.

He will however have another outstanding 10 year old talent Jake Nzewi from the VGC Club, Lagos to contend with. In the 10 & Under girls event, Nene Yakubu the top seed from the Lagos Country Club beat club mate Osaheru Osayimwen 6-0.

The week long championship which is taking place at the National Stadium is featuring singles event in boys and girls, 10, 12, 14 and 16 and starts daily at 10 am.