As part of plans to make participation in the CBN Senior Open Tennis Championship more competitive and attractive, the management of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN has decided to give winners in the 32nd edition of the tournament the sum of N6m prize money.
According to the breakdown of the prize money made available to Tennis Special by theÂ Nigeria Tennis Federation, NTF, the players will begin to earn money right from the first round of the tourney, which serves off on 27 May and end on 5 June.
In the Menâ€™s Singles, the winner is expected to pocket the sum ofÂ N600, 000, while his runner-up will grab N400,000. In the Womenâ€™s Singles, the winner will go home with the sum of N400, 000, while runner-up will pocket N300, 000. In the Menâ€™s Doubles, the winners will smile home with the sum of N100, 000 each, while runners-up will get N75,000 each. In the Womenâ€™s Doubles, the two winners will get N150,000, while runners-up will pocket N100,000.
Speaking on the organisation of the tourney, which will be played at the tennis courts of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria, Farouk Garko, Director, Governorâ€™s Department of the CBN, said the apex bank is motivated to continue with the sponsorship because the tourney has produced talented players that have represented Nigeria at international events.
â€œWe appreciate the effort of the federation as our partners in progress for mobilising players to participate in the annual event and ensuring the continued success of the championship,â€ said Garko, who was represnted by Abdullahi Mohammed, Head of Corporate Communications ofÂ CBN during the press briefing to herald the 2010 edition of the championship at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos last Friday.
Vice President of the NTF, Yemi Owoseni disclosed that the secretariat of the federation has been receiving entries from players, adding that he expects a large turn out of players especially when the event strokes off.