Nigerians struggled to make significant impact at the last edition with a few of them reaching the second round although Spain-based Sylvester Emmanuel made it to the final in the doubles of the Dayak Open, partnering French-Nigerian Calvin Hemery, who went on to win the inaugural GSL Open.
Already, a host of Nigerians have stepped up preparations for the championship.
Thomas Otu, a former NTF top-ranked player, said he wants to have his best outing at the championship this year by reaching the quarterfinals in two of the three tournaments.
The same view was shared by Joseph Imeh, the new Nigeria number one, who is looking ahead to a memorable outings at the Nigerian capital.
Imeh said: “My next target is the Futures in Abuja.
“I’m in a very good shape and I want to play well against the foreigners.
“I have been doing very well in the tournament in Nigeria but I want to know the level of my game by playing against players from other countries.”