The 2017 edition of the Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship will witness great influx of players across the world when the International Tennis Federation-approved competition gets is held from October 6 to 21 at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan, Lagos State.
As at Saturday, the ITF posted on its website that 540 emerging world tennis players have registered to participate in the pro-circuit competition, which will last for two weeks at Nigeria’s Centre of Excellence.
Interestlingly, nine of the women players coming this year are regular faces in Lagos.
The likes of Conny Perrin of Switzerland, Tadeja Majeric from Slovakia, Christina Dinu of Romania Chanel Simmonds of South Africa and Tessah Andrianjaftrimo of France are former champions.
Others such as Alexandria Riley of USA, Valeria Bhunu of Zimbabwe, Ukrainian Valeriya Strakhova, Austrian Melanie Klaffner and Indian Kyra Shroff had played regularly on the courts of the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club.
In the men’s category, Duncan Mugabe of Uganda, Egyptian Karim-Mohamed Mammuh, Italian Akexandro Bega, French Gianni Mina, Takanyi Garaganga from Zimbabwe and Polish Maciej Smola are also regular faces in Lagos as well.
The players, spread across all the continents of the world, will be coming from 67 countries.
They will converge on Lagos to fight for the $100,000 prize money and the world ranking points.