Former Super Eagles captain, Austin “Jay Jay’ Okocha is living life off the football spotlight to the full following his adventure at the ongoing Delta Air Tennis Classics holding at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.
Playing against the tennis captain of the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Dapo Aboaba, who incidentally is the second seed of the tournament for players in the age bracket of 40 to 49 years old, Okocha, who until the game, was not reputed for his tennis play, became the talking point of fans, who crammed the tennis club, courtesy of his 6-3, 6-3 straight sets conquest of Aboaba.
When both players stepped on the Lord Rumens Centre Court for the start of the match, not a few tennis faithful gave the former Eintracth Frankfurt and PSG star,any chance of winning a set, not to talk of the match but what transpired at the end of an hour of tennis play, left many having a rethink.
In winning the opener, Okocha served six aces, had nine winners and broke his opponent’s serve twice to take the set 6-3.
The second set almost took the same pattern, with Okocha producing some excellent mobility and hitting three backhand winners and another two service breaks to announce his arrival as the one to beat to the winner’s prize of a return air ticket to the United States of America, courtesy of Delta Air.
He next plays Kola James today in a quarterfinal match at the same venue. Peter Osagie is the top seed of the tournament.
Speaking after the match, Okocha said that he was confident of going far in the tournament.
“I guess I am here to have fun and enjoy myself. Tennis is my second hubby after after football and I am just enjoying my tennis. I think it is possible for me to win the tournament . The good thing is that I have got nothing to lose. So I am here to enjoy myself and see how far I can go here”, said Okocha.
“I am trying to prove that footballers can do other things than football. I believe that footballers can do other sports as well and this is what this forum has provided me and I want to use it well”, he said