Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis regains ITF status
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.