Nigeria’s Inyang clinches another Tennis title in US

Lekan Sowande, Abuja

Nigeria national junior player, Gabriel Inyang continued his breathless display on his summer training tour of the United States by beating Alex Weinberg to retain the Feinberg 12 and Under tournament held at the Brant Lake Camp, Adirondacks, New York.

Inyang, who clocked 12 on July 21, was on top of his game against his American age-mate wrapping up the one-sided clay court contest 6-0, 6-3 in less than an hour.

His spectacular display was highlighted by the fact that he did not drop a single set in the tourney which featured 32 players.

Inyang and Weinberg had three weeks ago contested in final of the Beco Tournament on hard court which Inyang came out victorious with a nail-biting 8-6 win.

He has now won back to back titles at the Beco Junior Tournament and the Feiberg Junior Tournament both organised by the United States Tennis Association.

Inyang represented Nigeria at the 2017 ITF/ CAT West and Central Africa 12 and Under Championship in April in Lagos and was Nigeria’s best performer at the tournament as observed by ITF Development Officer, Moroccan Amine Ben Machlouf, the chief referee at the tournament.

His latest feat has enhanced his chances of getting consideration for scholarship at the ITF High Performance Centre in Morocco.

A UK-based tennis pro at the camp, Jon Bradley described Inyang as a promising future star.

“I have had to oversee a talented young player who is also matured beyond his years. I have been extremely impressed with his attitude during training and during matches. He is always calm under pressure and continues to fight even when he is down.

“Gabriel is an extremely promising young player who possesses all the right traits to make it far in tennis. If he is motivated,”
he said.



Aisha JM