Nigerian tennis devoted, who witnessed the ultimate of the 2020 CBN Junior Tennis Championships on the Lagos Garden Tennis Membership, Onikan, final weekend, left the venue happy with the superlative efficiency displayed by the younger lads. Seun Ogunsakin, a JSS 2 scholar of Christ Faculty, Ado Ekiti was the foremost actor of the day.
At 11 years, Ogunsakin displayed expertise unbelievable of a teen. He received the U-14 Boys title, beating Mohammed Idris from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), however for majority of the spectators, that was not the primary attraction.
The left-handed Ogunsakin, fondly known as ‘Nadal’ by his admirers, was a delight to look at. Along with his unbelievable service, double hand rallies and deft touches on drop photographs, the younger lad turned the toast of the followers contained in the Centre Court docket of the Lagos Garden Tennis.
At the start of the sport, Ogunsakin was a bit naive, permitting his opponent, Idris, to interrupt his service. However the Ekiti younger lad quickly confirmed why he’s known as ‘Nadal’ of Nigerian tennis. Along with his deft touches, double hand rallies, laced with vitality and dedication, Ogunsakin gained management on the Centre Court docket.
The left-handed Ogunsakin dragged his FCT opponent from one finish of the court docket to the opposite till the taller Idris pulled a shoulder, which pressured him to retire. Ogunsakin received the tie 8-2. The spectators, together with CBN Performing Director, Company Communications, Osita Nwanisobi, who represented the Governor, Godwin Emefiele, Atlanta ’96 Olympics gold medallist, Chioma Ajunwa and President of Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Musa Kida, applauded.
Ogunsakin immediately turned a hero, with many camera-waving journalists jostling to interview him.
After receiving the CBN Boys’ 14 class trophy, dark-complexioned Ogunsakin settled down for a chat with The Guardian.
Surprisingly, he mentioned he doesn’t look as much as any of the worldwide stars for inspiration. “I mannequin my enjoying type after Rafael Nadal, however I don’t wish to be like anyone. I need individuals to be like me.”
His youthful brother, nine-year-old Seyi, received the Boys’ 12 class, defeating David Edwards 6-3, 40 Love (retired).
Their proud father, Akinwunmi Ogunsakin, a civil servant in Ekiti State, mentioned his dream is to see his youngsters develop into champions in world tennis.
The senior Ogunsakin revealed how he made the youngsters to absolve classes of ‘conditioning’ at their toddler stage. “They have been nonetheless crawling once they began studying about conditioning. I tied a tennis ball to their mattress to attract their consideration to the game, and as younger youngsters, they tried as a lot as attainable to catch the ball. By the point they have been strolling, that they had gone via phases of conditioning, they usually constructed on it.
“I’m a tennis coach, and I’ve produced a number of younger champions for Ekiti State. Final yr, we bought 24 trophies for the state, and in 2018, we bought 18 trophies. The key downside we have now is lack of balls and tennis rackets to coach the youngsters. Although the federal government of Ekiti State is attempting its greatest, I need company Nigeria to emulate CBN by organising extra competitions for the youngsters. I do know that the longer term could be very brilliant for the sport of tennis in Nigeria.
“Now, my two youngsters, Seun (11 years) and Seyi (9 years) play two years above their age as a result of I need a scenario the place they are going to be in a position match any opponent of the age grade by the point they meet contained in the tennis court docket,” the senior Ogunsakin mentioned.