Photo: Oyinlomo Quadri (left), receiving her prize from Mrs. Holmes, after defeating Angel McCleod in the U-16 final of the inaugural MP Tiger Tennis Championship, hosted by the Lagos Country Club, Ikeja, Lagos. Photo by Ebenezer Osamo. –
By Ebenezer Osamo –
Nigeria’s female tennis sensation, Oyinlomo Quadri, is not just one of Nigeria’s most talented kids in recent times, she is also as ambitious as well.
The youngster, one of Nigeria’s representatives at the ongoing African Junior Tennis Championship, AJTC in Tunisia, has expressed her desire to be among the very best in the World in no distant future.
In an exclusive chat with eyeonthesports.com before her departure for the North African country, where she is making Nigeria proud, the double gold medalist at the recently concluded Lagos State Secondary Schools Sports Festival, Ibile Games, sees herself doing really well in the sport in the nearest future.
“My father actually encouraged me to play the game because my siblings play for the country”, the talented teenager began.
“I used to play with them and dad thought that I could probably be as good as they are or even do better. So, I started training hard with them, that has taken me to where I am today”, she explained.
Quadri, who competes majorly in the Girls’ U-14 event, defeated U-16 specialist Angel McCleod, in the U-16 Girl’s event of a recent tournament, before they both left Nigeria for the AJTC.
While downplaying her feat, the ever-smiling tennis player noted that, “I played in the U-16 category because there weren’t many girls for the U-14 event. We are good friends and we also trained together in the country ahead of the AJTC since it’s a Clay Court Championship.
“I was happy to have defeated her because it gave me confidence going to Tunisia, and I believe that we can bring laurels to the country, though the AJTC is no child’s play compared to other West African Championships”.
Quadri has proved to be one of Nigeria’s best players in Tunisia as she has qualified for the Quarter final of the ongoing Championship in the doubles event, and believes also that it is not impossible for the country to come out tops at the end of the competition.
The 13-year old said: “I am sure we can do well in the tournament despite our shoddy preparation. We could not stay in camp because the Federation said there was no fund for that.
“But, those of us in Lagos practiced really hard as well as those from other parts of the country and abroad. I believe we can do well”.
Her dream is to play on the World Tour in the next five years and her ambition is to be like World’s number one female tennis star, Serena Williams, who is her role model in the game.
“I want to be Nigeria’s first female player on the World Tour. It is not going to be that easy, judging from how we have performed in the past and our disposition towards tennis in the country.
“However, I am going to give it my best shot. It is achievable and that is exactly what I’ll do,” Quadri said amid smiles.