Gover­nor’s Cup La­gos Ten­nis re­gains ITF sta­tus

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By Orkula Shaagee @shagcy

Af­ter with­hold­ing its sanc­tion last year, the In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion (ITF) has ap­proved the Fu­tures 3 and Fu­tures 4 Gover­nor’s Cup La­gos Ten­nis Cham­pi­onship which will hold from De­cem­ber 5 -19 at the La­gos Lawn Ten­nis Club, Onikan La­gos.

The ITF also said it ex­pect­ing play­ers from is all parts of the world to turn up for the $80, 000 prize-money event which ranks among the big­gest in Africa. It will be the 15th edi­tion of the tour­na­ment.

The Ebola scourge in Nige­ria last year forced the ITF not to sanc­tion the tour­na­ment and in­stead an abridge ver­sion was held which was re­stricted to play­ers from Africa.

Due to the ab­sence

of play­ers from across the globe, the 2014 edi­tion was also a non-point-earn­ing event.

But ITF, in a let­ter to the Nige­ria Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion, said it has re­turned to its ear­lier sta­tus as a pointearn­ing tour­na­ment which would be an at­trac­tion to play­ers from all parts of the world.

Nige­ria’s Michael Moses won the men’s sin­gles while Zarah Razafin­ma­ha­tra­tra of Mada­gas­car claimed the women’s top prize.

In­dia’s Sa­nia Mirza, the topranked WTA dou­bles player and Croa­tia’s Ivan Dodic, the world no 1 ITF ju­nior ranked player, among oth­ers, are some of the play­ers that have used the Gover­nor’s Cup as a spring­board of their suc­cess­ful ca­reers in re­cent year.

Tour­na­ment Co­or­di­na­tor, Prince Wale Oladun­joye said the tour­na­ment will con­tinue to grow big­ger.

“This I a good news, it goes to show that the ITF have con­fi­dence in the Nige­ria Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion as well as the or­ga­niz­ers be­cause we have3 been kept on the edge as we ex­pected that they would have ap­proved the tour­na­ment some few months ago be­cause we nor­mally hold it in Oc­to­ber,” he said.

Su­per Ea­gles de­fen­sive midfielder, Shehu Ab­dul­lahi in ac­tion for Nige­ria against Mozam­bique at the 2014 Africa Na­tions Cham­pi­onship in South Africa. He made his se­nior na­tional team de­but against DR Congo in Bel­gium.

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