Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Nigerian Inyang retains U12 tennis title in US

Nigerian junior tennis international, Gabriel Inyang has retained the Boys' U12 title

at the Beco International Tennis Championship in New York, the United States. Inyang, who will turn 12 later this month, defeated American Alexander Wenberg 8-6 in a keenly-contested final of the tournament.

The Victoria Garden City Club of Lagos super kid represented the IMG Academy, Florida in the tournament which featured over 30 kid players .

"It was a great match because the American was playing so well, but Gabriel was determined to win because I promised to reward him with gifts. He was so happy and all the coaches were commending him," Gabriel's dad, Richard, who doubles as his coach, said by phone last weekend.

Inyang made his debut for Nigeria in April emerging as Nigeria's best performer at the ITF/CAT West and Central Africa 12 and Under Championship in Lagos, winning two of his three singles matches.

Richard disclosed that the victory has set the tone for what should be another memorable outing by the time the talented prospect steps on court for the Freiburg tournament in early August in Florida.

"The priority here is to train and develop his skills but we are getting used to celebrating victory and as such we will work harder to amend sure that we win the next tournament in Florida.

At the 2016 Feiberg tournament, Gabriel defeated American Jack Patricof 6-3, 6-1, to win the top prize.

Caption: Inyang proudly displays his gong.

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