ITF selects Quadri, Marylove for Junior Masters
Nigerian trio of Oyinlomo Quadri, Marylove Edward and Michael Osewa will slug it out with their counterparts from six other countries in the 2016 ITF/CAT 14 and Under African Junior Masters billed for November 7 to 14 in Nairobi, Kenya.
According to the ITF, the three Nigerians were selected for the championship, which will see the top players bagging grants to feature in international tournaments in 2017, due to their impressive performances in ITF/CAT organised tournaments this year.
South Africa, Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Seychelles and Kenya are the other countries that will be featuring in the championship, which will have eight boys and eight girls jostling for honours.
Of the three players, Quadri was the star performer for Nigeria, winning the girls singles in the 14 and Under event of the West and Central Africa qualifiers for the African Junior Championship held January in Abuja before spicing it up with a historic triple title at the last ITF 18 and Under tournament in Benin and Togo in September – a feat that catapulted the 13-year-old to the top 500 in the world Junior rankings from her previous unranked status.
Osewa, 14, had a memorable year by reaching the final of the AJC in Pretoria, South Africa which is Nigeria’s best outing at the tournament.
On her part, 11-year-old Marylove also made a lasting impression on ITF officials for her promising displays at the Junior Masters held in August in Morocco in addition to her eye-catching outings at the AJC events in Abuja and Pretoria.
Osewa and Marylove will depart alongside Coach Mohammed Ubale on Monday, while they will be joined on the same day by Quadri from her base in Morocco.