By BUNMI OGUNYALE
The 16th edition of the Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship has been scheduled to hold between 8 and 22 October, 2016.
This was confirmed by the Secretary General of the Nigeria Tennis Federation, NTF, Mrs Gloria Ekwempu, who said the International Tennis Federation, ITF, had listed the annual tournament on its website.
According to her, preparation to hold the tournament which comprises of two legs; Futures 3 and Futures 4 had since commenced as the NTF and the Local Organising Committee, LOC, headed by Pius Akinyelure will leave nothing to chance to ensure that the event was organised to meet up with international standards.
Tournament Director of the championship, Prince Wale Oladunjoye, corroborated the NTF scribe, saying new packages would be added to this year’s competition. This he said, would be unfolded as the tournament draws closer. The Governor’s Cup is an ITF Pro Circuit competition, which is being staged to celebrate the sitting Governor of Lagos State since the administration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
This year’s edition will be the second since Governor Akinwunmi Ambode assumed office.
The Governor’s Cup has been sponsored over the years by FCMB and Etisalat Nigeria and others such as Deux Projects Ltd, Lagos State Internal Revenue Service, LIRS, CCECC, Julius Berger Plc, Naston Ltd, LASACO Plc. and a host of other private individuals.
Last year, 17-year-old French lady, Tessah Andrianjaftrimo and Aldin Setkic of Bosnia won Futures 3 women and men’s singles respectively, while Dutchman Antal Van Der Duim and Conny Perrin of Switzerland respectively won the men and women’s singles of the second leg in December.