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Inspiring! 11-year-old Nigerian Tennis Player, Marylove Edwards Emerges Africa’s No. 3 in Under-12 Competition



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Marylove Edwards

Nigerian Tennis youngster, Marylove Edwards is on the way to etching her name among world Tennis greats after emerging third at the 2016 ITF/CAT 12 & Under Talent Identification Programme in Morocco.

She beat her Kenyan opponent 6-1, 6-1 in the third-place match after losing 7-5, 6-7, 4-6 to her Moroccan opponent in the semi-final. The tennis competition which held between August 26th and 28th recorded participants of over 80 players from 25 countries.

Marylove who is being managed by creative talent agency, Temple Management Company was sponsored on the trip by Zenith Bank PLC.

Edwards who was born on March 18, 2005, started playing tennis at age 4 under the guidance of her father, Eddy Edwards, and was coached by Nigeria junior tennis head coach, Mohammed Ubale.

Before her trip to Morocco, the Ishan, Edo State-born champion won last year’s U-14 CBN Junior Tennis Championship and the NNPC Junior Tennis Masters.

Alongside Barakat Quadri, Edwards saw off Anna Lumengo and Manuella Eloundou of Cameroun 6-3, 6-4 to win the 2016 ITF/CAT West and Central Africa Junior Championships holding in Abuja U-14 girls category.

Last week, Edwards alongside Suleiman Ibrahim and Daniel Adeleye travelled to Casablanca, Morocco, to feature in the Morocco 2016 ITF/CAT 12 & Under Talent Identification Programme.

See Photos below:

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Edwards’ Instagram: @Maryloveedwards

Photo Credit – Temple Management Company – @thetemplecompany


  1. wow

    September 6, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    To all the sponsors please dont let her dream die. Love this story. Support Marylove if you can

  2. Darius

    September 6, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    A Serena Williams in the making. I wish every girl child would be unfettered in the pursuit of their dreams and reach for the sky.

  3. Ada Nnewi

    September 7, 2016 at 12:12 am

    What happened to the tennis player whose mum was shot by a policeman?

    • Abuena

      September 7, 2016 at 5:38 pm

      I gatheredgathered from my sis that she still plays, her uncle is seeing to it that she continues . Marylove has always been her major opponent and the No 1 junior’s champion. She should be anywhere between No 2 and No 5 in the country.

  4. Manny

    September 7, 2016 at 4:41 am

    Go girl!!!!

  5. christian joseph

    September 7, 2016 at 5:33 am

    Wow!! This is awesome, i found myself still griped with what i discovered today. It was so interesting, i bet you dont wanna miss it. Just visit http// and see for your self

  6. Bello

    September 7, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Great achievement by the young lady. Hope her career will be well manager so she can make the pros.

  7. Tosin

    September 7, 2016 at 11:11 am

    An agent and a sponsor…thank God. I pray for good things to happen to Africans, Amen.

  8. sportsration

    September 7, 2016 at 11:27 am

    This is what we need catch them young, I hope the ogas at the top can give her the necessary support so she can actualize her dreams and make us prouder. Go Mary no one can stop you!!!

  9. tunmi

    September 7, 2016 at 1:23 pm


  10. Aderonke

    September 7, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Well done girl, continue to glow. God is your strength!

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