Ten­nis um­pire urges for­mer play­ers to as­sist budding tal­ents

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An Um­pire with Nigeria Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion (NTF), Saidu Musa, yes­ter­day called on for­mer na­tional play­ers to as­sist budding tal­ents in the sport to achieve their dreams of be­com­ing pro­fes­sion­als.

Musa said in an in­ter­view in La­gos that for­mer play­ers should be able to give back to the so­ci­ety that made them.

“I am call­ing on play­ers that ben­e­fit­ted from ten­nis in the coun­try to make pos­i­tive im­pact on the sport by spon­sor­ing pro­grammes.

“The sport gave them the fame and made them and so they should re­cip­ro­cate by spon­sor­ing pro­grammes,” he said.

Musa, a mem­ber of the NTF tech­ni­cal com­mit­tee, said that the Na­tional Sports Com­mis­sion could not carry the sport de­vel­op­ment alone with­out the help of the fed­er­a­tion it­self.

“The de­vel­op­ment of ten­nis should not be left for govern­ment alone, but rather a col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity of the past play­ers in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the na­tional body,” he said.

Musa said that the coaches also need to reg­u­larly ac­quaint them­selves with the cur­rent trends in the game.

“If we must move for­ward at all, coaches must up­date their knowl­edge reg­u­larly be­cause tech­ni­cal rules keep chang­ing.

“Let them watch video tapes of in­ter­na­tional cham­pi­onships, read and study the do’s and don’ts of ten­nis.

“The more they in­volve them­selves in work­shops and sem­i­nars, the bet­ter for them in their ca­reer,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to him, ev­ery­thing is not about the play­ers, coaches needed ex­pe­ri­ence too and that no­body buys ex­pe­ri­ence, it is ac­quired. (NAN)

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