As the 16th Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship gets closer, the International Tennis Federation, ITF, has fixed September 22 as registration deadline for the first leg (Futures 5) of the tournament which holds at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.
The ITF on its website said players willing to take part in the competition should register by 14:00GMT on September 22. Also, any of the registered players willing to withdraw from the tournament can do so by 14:00GMT of September 27.
The qualifying matches will be played between October 8 and 9, while the main draws for the singles and doubles events, for both men and women’s categories, will be played between October 10 and 14.
This year, players will be jostling for a total prize money of $100,000 dollars, a $20,000 increase from the $80,000 earned by winners of previous editions.
Meanwhile, preparation for a hitch free tournament is ongoing. The chairman of the Local Organising Committee, LOC, Pius Akinyelure, said the city of Lagos is eagerly awaiting to host the emerging tennis stars coming from different countries of the world.
The President of Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Rotimi Edu, said the facilities in the oldest tennis club in Nigeria have been improved upon. He added that the club will wear a new-look when the competition starts.
The Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship has been organised annually to celebrate the sitting governor in Lagos State since the administration of Bola Tinubu. This year’s edition will be the second under the government of Akinwunmi Ambode.
It has over the years attracted over 400 players from more than 50 countries of the world at every edition.
It was17-year-old French lady, Tessah Andrianjaftrimo and Aldin Setkic of Bosnia who respectively won the women and men’s singles of the first leg of 15th edition held in 2015.
On the other hand, Dutchman Antal Van Der Duim and Conny Perrin of Switzerland respectively won the men and women’s singles of the second leg.