Wheelchair tennis coach says upcoming CBN National Open crucial to players

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Frank Tarmena, a national coach, on Monday in Abuja said the upcoming 2020 CBN National Open Tennis Championship was very crucial to the development of wheelchair tennis.

Tarmena told the Newsmen that wheelchair tennis players across the country needed to start preparing for the championship now in view of its importance.

It was reported that the country’s top seeded 32 players are expected to participate in the championship which will hold in November.

“The championship is very crucial to our sport’s development, and it is therefore an opportunity for players to improve themselves and to fight and win prizes and points,’’ Tarmena, who is the sport’s national coach, said.

“The top 16 male and 16 female will participate in the championship. It is an individual championship and if you are a player who wants to be a champion and make money for yourself, you certainly don’t relent in training.

”You will start training preparation immediately ahead of the championship,” he said.

The coach who said players have had time to review their game and make necessary corrections disclosed that he and other colleagues were always available for them.

“They can always call us if they need any help,’’ he said, adding that they organised online training to keep players fit during the lockdown.

“We organised a visual training via Zoom to keep players fit and teach them the modern rudiments of the sport.”

It was reported that the 42nd CBN Open Championship is scheduled to hold from Nov. 5 to Nov. 14 at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.