Tennis players from 20 African countries and 12 Nigerians will take part in the 2014 edition of the annual Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship that will hold from 17-22 November at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.
Tournament Director, Prince Wale Oladunjoye said the 2014 edition is an ‘Abridge Version’ because of the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease, EVD and it will only accommodate African players.
According to him “We thank God that we have been able to successfully contain the Ebola Virus Disease that was unfortunately imported into our country. This has necessitated our resolve to reconsider the organisation of the Governor’s Cup with an abridged version of invitational tourney with participants coming from only the African continent because the time is too short for us to make it an International Tennis Federation, ITF-approved competition.’’ Oladunjoye, a Principal Senior Assistant on Grassroots Sports Development to Governor Babatunde Fashola, called on the partners and sponsors to intensify preparations ahead of the competition.
Meanwhile, relevant officials in the organisation of the tournament which enters its 14th edition; the Nigeria Tennis Federation, NTF, headed by Engr. Sani Ndanusa and the Local Organising Committee, LOC chaired by Pius Akinyelure, have since begun preparations to stage the event in order for it to be successful.