|Shehu Lawal is one of the Nigerian players invited to play at the tournament|
The Nigeria Tennis Federation, NTF has denied claims by some players that there would be wild card for this year’s Abridged Lagos Governor’s Cup Tennis Championship.
Some players had informed our correspondent of their participation at the event via wild card despite the fact that it was termed an invitational championship.
However, calls put through to the NTF Scribe, Mrs. Gloria Ekwempu and the tournament referee, Mr. Isa Seidu clarified the issue as they both explained that there was no provision for that just yet.
In a chat with Naija Tennis Special, Mr. Seidu disclosed that, “this is an invitational tournament, I do not understand where the wild card issue has arisen from.
“This is not an open tournament, so the issue about wild cards should not arise for any reason. Anyway, to answer your question, nobody is getting a wild card as far as I am concerned”.
Confirming the request for some players to get wild cards to participate in the tourn
“I can assure you that we have received requests from people to allow them play in the tournament but really, nothing has been decided. And if any decision has to be made, the recommendation would be directly from the technical committee of the NTF,” she explained.
The Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship is scheduled to hold from Monday, 17 November- Saturday, 22 November, 2014 inside the Lagos Lawn Tennis Court, LLTC, Onikan, Lagos.
The list of the invited players, both foreign and local, has been released by the NTF.
ament was the NTF Scribe, Mrs. Ekwempu, who stated categorically that although the requests have been received, nothing had been decided yet.