As contest began on Wednesday June 9 in the much heralded JKF Southwest Tennis championship, the early morning showers that lasted till almost mid day did not stop the enthusiastic players from stepping on the courts to contest in the JKF SOUTHWEST TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP.
The event began a day after arrival of players from all south west states including Lagos as the pairings were drawn and both the male and female players were at their best right from the beginning of actions.
32 players in all started the JKF Southwest Tennis championship which will come to an end on Saturday, June 12 at the Ekiti State Tennis Center, Trade Fair Complex, Ado-Ekiti.
On day 1, Omolade Aderemi (Ondo) beat Mariam Salami (Ekiti) 6-1,6-1, and Toyin Ashogba (Lagos) also beat Kadijat Salami (Ekiti) 6-3,7-6.
In the boys singles games, Phillip Abayomi (Lagos) beat Ayo Adebisi (Ekiti) 7-6, and 6-3 while Kushmor Usman (Ogun) beat Micheal Ayoola (Lagos) 6-3, 6-3 just as Daniel Adeleye (Ekiti) beat Dayo Irewuyi (Osun) 6-2, 6-2.
Semi finalists emerged on Thursday being day 2 of the event as Philip Abayomi (Lagos), Nurudeen Ayo Adebisi (Ekiti) , Dayo Adeleye(Ekiti) Kushmor Usman(Ogun) all in the boys category while in the girls category, Aderemi Omolade (Ondo), Mariam Salami (Ekiti) Esther Oni(Ekiti), Toyin Asogba (Lagos) have all qualified for the semi final.
The semi final will be decided today (Friday) as winners will slug it out in the final tomorrow, June 12.
Each player is expected to play three matches as the JKF Southwest Tennis championship is a round robin format where players are to player more than one opponents.
A minute silence was observed as a mark of respect for the late coach Oliver of Ekiti state University who passed away on Tuesday evening.