Last time a Nigerian played at Wimbledon was in 1983. So, Oluwaseun Ogunsakin going to Wimbledon on wildcard is a big deal!
Wimbledon which was founded 1877 is the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament. Of the four major annual tennis tournaments known as the ‘Grand Slams’, Wimbledon is the only one to still be played on grass.
Oluwaseun Ogunsakin, a Nigerian who is currently Africa’s number 1 U-14 Tennis player has made Nigerians and lovers of Tennis proud as he becomes the First Nigerian homegrown tennis player to participate at Wimbledon.
The 14yr old champion earned a wildcard into the Junior event at Wimbledon was awarded the spot after he emerging the African U14 champ at the ITF/CAT junior championships held in Lome.
The number 1 player will make his debut at the 2023 edition scheduled from July 3 to July 16 in London. As the first Nigerian in the grand slam, the Tennis U-14 champion has promised to give the competition his best and bring the trophy back home.
This wonderboy and Nigeria’s Champion, Oluwaseun, is currently on scholarships at the ITF tennis camp in Tunisia. In addition to that, he bagged an international tennis federation scholarship that will take him on an European tour before his Wimbledon appearance.
This wouldn’t be the first time a Nigerian is gracing the grasses at Wimbledon, Nduka Odizor “The duke of Wimbledon”, played the junior tournament for the very first time in 1975 and played the senior tournament in 1982.