30th September 2018 will remain evergreen in the memory of Albert Bikom as he became the first tennis player to be crowned the winner of the maiden edition of Surulere Tennis Open Championship in the Men’s Single category after beating Philips Abayomi to clinch the coveted trophy and a cash prize of N100,00 for his effort.
The 3-Day sporting event which paraded 16 Tennis players from in and around the city of Lagos commenced on 28th -30th September 2018 with players outwitting one another for supremacy at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos ended with pomp and pageantry.
Speaking to the winner of the tournament after the event, he said he was so excited to be the first to be crowned as the winner of the tournament.
“To me, this is a historic event and as such will remain memorable as long as I live. Although, this is not the first time of winning a tournament of this nature. I’ve travelled as far as South Africa, Gabon, Zimbabwe, China Hong-Kong as well as Turkey to play which made 1004 in the world Tennis ranking”. He opined
He stressed further that he’s presently preparing for a tournament billed for November 16th, 2018 in Kaduna after which he’ll return to register for Lagos league coming in the last quarter of the year.
The Cross-River born tennis player hinted that he’ll be playing more of the international tournament to further boost his ranking from next year while he never hesitated to thank his fiancée and her dad for their unflinching support where and where necessary.
In the same vein, the sponsor of the tournament, Mr Eskor Toyo described the initiative as his own way of giving back to the society that made him what he’s today.
“I’m also a tennis player and I’ve been around for about 10years now playing tennis and I know how expensive and difficult it is to succeed as a player which is one of the reasons why I decided to put this kind of initiative together to support and encourage the younger generation of players”. he stressed
He adds, although, it’s not easy funding tournament of this magnitude but God’s willing, next year edition will be different. We should be able to put together a more coordinated championship that’ll attract more people while the Women’s category will also be added and possibly bring in one or two sponsors to make it more exciting and memorable”.
Eskor however, in his closing remarks poured encomium on the officials, players, supporters, families and friends who contributed one way or the other to the success of the tournament.