Players arrive for Lagos Governor’s Cup Tennis
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Although Lagos is one of the safest cities in the World, the organisers say they don’t want to take things for granted.
To them, security of players from over 60 countries for this year’s edition of the championship is top priority.
The 15th Lagos Governor’s Cup Tennis with a prize money of $80,000 will hold from December 5 to 19 at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.
Speaking with The Guardian on the preparation for the event, President, Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Rotimi Edu, said everything needed to make the championship hitch-free had been put in place.
“We are ready in terms of security of players, officials and spectators,” Edu said. “We have upgraded our toilet facilities to the standard that will befit our visitors from the various countries and more importantly, we have installed biometric doors so that people who are not invited won’t have access to our competition venues. There is also a central public address system that can take care of all the courts,” Edu said.
The qualifying matches of first leg of the competition (Futures 3) will be played between Saturday and Sunday, while the Main Draws of both the Men’s and Women’s Singles serve off on Monday. The Doubles in the men and women categories begin on Tuesday.
First leg ends on Saturday, December 12 to give way for the commencement of the second leg (Futures 4) with the grand finale taking on Saturday, December 19.
According to the Local Organising Committee (LOC), a Junior Tennis Workshop and Tournament for boys and girls aged below 14 years will hold for four days in between the competition of December 16, 17, 18 and 19. The LOC encourages parents and guardians to enter their wards and children for the developmental initiative.
Apart from the $80,000 at stake ($30,000 for men’s winner) and ($50,000 for women’s winner), the Lagos Governor’s Cup Tennis will give players opportunity to fight for international ranking points.
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