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Whitney Osuigwe: 15-year old Nigerian-American making waves in International Junior Tennis



Whitney Osuigwe

Whitney Osuigwe

Whitney Osuigwe, born on April 17 2002 in Bradenton, Florida, U.S to Desmond Osuigwe, a professional tennis coach originally from Nigeria, is making a name for herself in Junior Tennis.

Only recently, Whitney became the reigning champion of the Junior French Open Tournament after beating fellow American Claire Liu.

Now ranking as the number 1 Junior girls player in the world, according to the International Tennis Federation, Whitney Osuigwe is currently on track to win her second major Tennis tournament this year  after advancing to the quarterfinals of the ongoing Wimbledon Championships girls’ singles tournament.

But don’t be deceived; though young (15 years old), Whitney’s wins are by no means the result of an overnight success story.

Whitney’s father, a staff coach at the world renowned IMG Sports Academy, with over 25 years of experience, has had Whitney on the Tennis court since the age of six and over the years Whitney has advanced through the various levels of the academy’s training program. Whitney Osuigwe only successfully turned pro this year.

With persistence and hard work Whitney Osuigwe has become a heavy hitter and is likely to go on making waves. We are seriously rooting for her!

Photo Credit: Instagram @whitney_osuigwe


  1. nunulicious

    July 13, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    lol. you people will not hear word. until she will tell you “I’m American not Nigerian” in Chi Onwurah’s voice

    • truth

      July 14, 2017 at 3:51 am

      they should just say she is of Nigerian descent. I am tired of all this claiming going on.

  2. Renelle

    July 14, 2017 at 3:10 am

    Nigerian media and just Nigeria in general needs to stop staking claim on things that they have not invested in. Nigeria has probably done nothing for this girl, but once y’all see any small Nigerian looking name #gbam you want to associate with the person. This desperation of claiming every “Nigerian” in the diaspora who probably don’t want to be claimed has to stop. There are enough Nigerians doing well in Nigeria please issokay

  3. Bruness

    July 14, 2017 at 4:18 am

    As usual I’m here to congratulate her and #tap for my kids. #keeps straight face

  4. zzzzzzzzzzz

    July 14, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Just wonder when we would have a home grown Nigerian doing exploits and not those in the diaspora. Just goes to show that something is really wrong, somewhere

  5. NaijaPikin

    July 14, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    So happy for Demond. Team Lagos Country Club Tennis Section. Whoop whoop.

    Very deserving, hard working, grounded girl. Beyond the stars is her limit

  6. The Real Oma

    July 14, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Go Whitney! Even though you were born and bred in the abroad, we, your father’s ‘kinsmen’ are proud of you and we are rooting for you.

    Yes, i know Nigeria has not contributed anything to her but abeg allow us famz and be happy for the child of one of our own. There isn’t a lot that brings us national pride, so please allow us to take even the crumbs we can from those in the abroad.
    Thank you

  7. Okey Anyiam

    August 24, 2017 at 6:06 am

    Speaking of the obvious she is a Nigerian and i am wishing her success,to achieve more than most of us couldn’t.
    More Aces,smashes,winners etc in perfection to win more games.

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