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Nubari, Gbolahan, Lorelay win Azimuth junior tennis tourney

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The finals of Azimuth Shipping Lines Junior Tennis Tournament produced unexpected winners, as Gbolahan Olawale from Ondo State and Lorelay Holzendorf from Edo State, were outstanding in the boys and girls’ 14 finals.Though he was already popular in Ondo State, not many tennis buffs on the national scene could say they knew Olawale until he matched the more prominent David Edwards stroke for stroke and showed great resilience to win the boys U-14 finals in two straight sets of 7-5, 6-1.

Also, Lorelay, another fantastic player, whose grit and passion was obvious on the court, showed AJC gold-winning Ndidi Osaji that she was the better player, as she dismissed Osaji in straight sets of 6-3, 6-4.

In the boys’ U-12 final, Chukwudubem Amasiam was ruthless against homeboy, Peter Ubiebi, defeating the latter, 6-3, 6-1 on centre court, while crowd favourite and budding sensation, Mofifunoluwa Atilola, was outplayed by Emmanuella Kwange from Niger State, in the girls’ U-12 finals.

Kwange won 6-2, 6-2.In a repeat of the 2022 final of the girls’ U-16 category, Bright Emmanuel, yet again, shone against her tough opponent, Khadijat Mohammed, battling to a 7-5, 6-3 win, to cement her place as the undisputed champion.

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