• Sports Festival: Commission targets 1,500 schools, sets up LOC

    Sports Festival: Commission targets 1,500 schools, sets up LOC

    Patrick-Estate Onyedum, Chairman of the Anambra Sports Development Commission (ASDC), said on Friday in Enugu that 1,500 schools would participate in this year`s school sports festival in the state. Onyedum stated this at the inauguration of the Local Organising Committees (LOC) for Local Government Areas, including representatives of Area Education Officers and the Post Primary Service Commission. Others are, Universal…

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  • Egypt bows out in 2nd round of ITTF WTTC

    Egypt bows out in 2nd round of ITTF WTTC

    Africa’s only surviving team at the ongoing ITTF World Team Table Tennis Federation (WTTC), Egypt, exited the tournament on Wednesday after an impressive outing in Busan, South Korea. The Egyptian ladies, led by six-time African Champion Dina Meshref, worked their way to the second round after finishing second in their group, which included France, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, and Croatia.…

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  • Rafael Nadal

    Rafael Nadal Withdraws from Australian Open Due to Muscle Tear

    Spanish tennis sensation Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Australian Open due to a “micro tear on a muscle,” just a week after returning from a year-long injury hiatus. Despite the setback, Nadal remains optimistic about his recovery. The 37-year-old had been sidelined since sustaining a hip injury at the 2023 Australian Open, undergoing surgery before marking his comeback at…

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    I had no coach, no accommodation, says Table Tennis gold medalist

    Calabar, Dec. 28, 2023 (NAN) Hope Udoaka, a gold medalist at the Renewed Hope Table Tennis Invitational Challenge held at the Indoor Sports Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos has disclosed that she had no coach or accommodation during the tourney. Udoaka, who represented Cross River, made the revelation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on…

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  • Ekpenyong wins 2022 Rainoil Tennis Tournament

     The one-week Rainoil Tennis Open ended with glamour on Sunday, when 16-years-old David Ekpenyong emerged winner of the men’s single by beating his opponent, Uche Oparaoji, 7-6(4), 6-1. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the championship served-off at the Tennis Section of the Ikoyi Club 1938 in Lagos. Ekpenyong won the grand prize of N1.5 million. Ekpenyong and…

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  • Billie Jean King against Wimbledon ban on Russian, Belarusian players

    Billie Jean King has spoken out against the ban on Russian and Belarusian players imposed at Wimbledon this year as a result of the war in Ukraine. The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) announced on Wednesday that players from the two nations would not be eligible for the grand slam. Also, the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) of England stated…

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  • Irritated Medvedev says jeering Australian Open spectators probably have low IQ

    Daniil Medvedev did not hold back following his victory over Nick Kyrgios as he labelled spectators who jeered him during the second-round match of having “a low intelligence quotient (IQ)”. The world number two continued his quest for a second grand slam crown, and a first at the Australian Open, with a 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 4-6 6-2 win over Kyrgios…

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  • Novak Djokovic

    No Australian Open title defence for Djokovic as government cancels Serb’s visa

    The Australian government has cancelled the entry visa of tennis star Novak Djokovic, authorities confirmed on Thursday. The decision comes just days before the Australian Open is set to begin in Melbourne. Djokovic was detained at a Melbourne airport for several hours following his arrival in Australia on Wednesday after the Australian Border Force (ABF) raised concerns over his entry…

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  • Osaka glad to be back, hopes tears are in her past

    Naomi Osaka marked her return to tennis with a hard-fought win in Melbourne on Tuesday and declared her love for competing had been reignited during a break from the sport. The former world number one beat French player Alize Cornet 6-4 3-6 6-3, in her first match since a third-round US Open defeat to eventual runner-up Leylah Fernandez. The Japanese…

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  • Tennis: We reduced registration fees to enable more Nigerians players participated in the championship

     Tournament Director for J5 Abuja, International Tennis Federation (ITF) world tennis tour, Musa Saidu, on Monday said the Federation reduced registration fees to have more Nigerians players participate in the Championship. According to Saidu, the Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF) says the actual registration fees for J5 is US$ 50 (equivalent to N20,500) for this level. “For weeks three and four,…

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  • Murray unlikely to play in Davis Cup ahead of Australian Open

    Andy Murray does not intend to play in next month’s Davis Cup following his defeat in Indian Wells and says he does not deserve to be selected anyway. The former world number one bowed out of the BNP Paribas Open in California after a straight-sets loss to world number four Alexander Zverev on Tuesday. Defeat ends a solid two months…

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  • Table-Tennis: Aruna sets new record, rises to 15 in ITTF ranking

    Quadri Aruna, Nigerian and International Table-Tennis player, has set a new African record as the first player from the continent to be ranked in top 15 in the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Ranking. In the Week 37 ranking released on Tuesday by the world table tennis ruling body, Aruna moved four steps up the ranking ladder. The Nigerian, who…

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  • Nadal follows Djokovic after epic fightback in Rome

    Rafael Nadal was forced to work hard to avoid becoming the biggest scalp in the last 16 at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia on Thursday. Rival Novak Djokovic had already sealed his progress earlier in the day, beating Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in dominant fashion, but Nadal found life hard against Denis Shapovalov. The Spaniard has already uncharacteristically lost twice on clay…

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  • Murray bids Rome farewell

    Andy Murray says his time in Rome this week was “positive” despite a second-round defeat alongside Liam Broady in the Italian Open doubles. The Britons lost 6-3 6-4 to Germany’s Kevin Krawietz and Romania’s Horia Tecau, the eighth seeds. Scot Murray, 33, was playing his second competitive match since early March following a groin injury. He will be hoping he…

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  • Zverev rallies by Carreno Busta to reach U.S. Open final

    Number five seed Alexander Zverev overcame a listless start to secure a thrilling 3-6 2-6 6-3 6-4 6-3 U.S. Open semi-final win over Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta on Friday. Victory enabled the German to reach his first Grand Slam final. Zverev, with his back against the wall, raised his game just in time to deny the Spanish 20th seed and…

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  • U.S. Open women’s singles final: Azarenka and Osaka have unfinished business here

    Victoria Azarenka and Naomi Osaka were set for a title clash two weeks back before the Japanese withdrew due to injury. But the former world number one players will have another chance to establish supremacy during Saturday’s U.S. Open women’s singles final. A left hamstring injury forced the 22-year-old Osaka to pull out from the final of the Western &…

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  • Sam Querrey

    Querrey quits ATP Council to join new players association

    American Sam Querrey confirmed after his first round exit at the U.S. Open on Tuesday that he had resigned from the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Players Council. Querry has now joined the breakaway players’ group led by Novak Djokovic. World number one Djokovic resigned as head of the council last month, along with council members Canadian Vasek Pospisil and…

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