The President of the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club (LLTC)), Sam Egbuchunam Friday crashed out of the 1st Delta Airline Tennis Classics holding at the club’s grounds in Onikan, Lagos.
Egbuchunam, competing in the Super Veterans category, for those within the age bracket of 60-69, lost his quarterfinal match against Kunle Sewonikun in two close sets of 4-6, 6-7.
The match was a very close affair with Sewonikun taking the first set with a break of serve while he needed tie-breaker to clinch the second.
Speaking after the match, Egbuchunam said that he was not bitter with his exit, pointing out that the better player won on the night.
Egbuchunam, whose tenure as the President of the LLTC has witnessed a resurgence of tennis activities for club members , junior players and pros, said that he was bowing out of the competition with his head dangling high.
‘It has been an eventful tournament for me and I have no bitter feelings with my loss tonight. It could have gone any way but the fact that I do not see well at night, made me to take the second set easy as my vision was not working well.
“The good thing is that I lost to a better player and I wish the other competitors the best of luck in the final matches”, added Egbuchunam, who is reputed for his hard work and visionary leadership.
Meanwhile, the final matches of the tournament hold Sunday, with winners expected to walk home with exciting prizes like a return air ticket to USA, courtesy of Delta Airlines, the sponsors of the competition.
It is the first time that the American airline firm would be directly bankrolling a tennis tournament in Nigeria and Egbuchunam hopes that the romance will extend to junior and pro players in the years to come.