The Local Organising Committee for the Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship has revealed plans to commence hosting of the junior edition of the tournament next year.
Chairman of the LOC, Pius Oluwole Akinyelore, made this known in Lagos yesterday during the unveiling of the 12th Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship Men and Women Open holding from October 13 to 27.
“We are about to sign an MOU with the JC Ferrero Equelite Tennis Academy of Spain and the agreement will include the hosting of a Governor’s Cup Junior Championship and the granting of scholarships to train four junior players for four months,” Akinyelore said.
The LOC boss said players from 55 countries including America, Spain, France, Russia, Cameroon, Italy, Ghana, India, Tunisia, Pakistan, Botswana, Dominican Republic and Bulgaria are expected to participate in the impending Governor’s Cup, an improvement from last year when players from 35 countries took part in the biggest International Tennis Federation event in West Africa sponsored by Etisalat and First City Monument Bank since 2009.
Australia Open 2012 second round player, Nina Bratchikova, who is a past winner of the women’s singles of the Governor’s Cup, Kristina Kucova of Slovakia and Germany’s Anne Schaefer are among players expected for the twoweek event while France’s Laurent Rochette and South Africa’s Ruan Roelofse will lead the men’s onslaught.