The wife of Ondo State Governor, Chief (Mrs) Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, has been named the pioneer patron of Oyo State Tennis Association.

The tennis association disclosed this, Friday, in a letter of nomination presented to the governor’s wife at the BRECAN Centre, Akinyemi Way, Off Ring Road, Ibadan, Oyo State Capital.

Speaking on behalf of the association, the Chairman, Akin Orebiyi, said the tennis association nominated Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu because of her love and contributions to the development of Tennis.

Akin Orebiyi, Chairman, Oyo State Tennis Association

“We chose Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu because of her love and contributions to the development of tennis. Having listened to her remarks, I realised that we have made the right choice in Oyo State. I believe that our coming together will accelerate tennis development in Oyo State, especially among our young ones, because our focus is to catch them young”, Orebiyi said.

While reacting to the nomination, the Ondo State first lady thanked the tennis association for considering her worthy as matron while noting that tennis is a game she really loves.

Other members of the tennis association at the meeting includes Alhaja Romoke Ayinde and Coach Peju Faboyinde.

From L-R: Akin Orebiyi, Mrs Betty Akeredolu, Oyo State Tennis Coach, Peju Fatoyinbo and Alhaja Romoke Ayinde.

“Tennis is a family sport for us. My husband and I played tennis, our children also play. I used to tell the story of how I took interest in tennis as a youth corper. My husband did not have enough money to take me out as a corper, so our outing was usually tennis and that was okay for me. I used to go to the Tennis Club with him and that was the beginning of my interest in Tennis”, she said.