Making this remark was Vice president of the NTF, Mr. Yemi Owoseni, who was speaking on behalf of its president, Engr. Sani Ndanusa during the press conference to officially announce the tournament.
Owoseni, however, asked for a higher status for the tournament which serves most West and Central African countries on the ITF Circuit.
While appreciating the organisers, the Vice President, Confederation of African Tennis, CAT, stated that, “we are surprised by the gesture of the CWC and the sponsors in putting up this tournament within a short period despite having initially cancelled it.
“We are therefore appealing to the sponsors and the organisers to try and step up the tournament subsequently to help our players and others from foreign countries”.
This year’s competition, according to the CWC, will attract about US$85,000(N13.8m) as against the US$80,000 spent on prize money last year.
Speaking on behalf of the CWC Chairman, Prince Pius Akinyelure, Engr. Afolabi Salami disclosed that the Nigerian players will also be given a daily subsidy of N10,000 and give the players daily breakfast in their hotel.
“We are spending more this
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year because it is an invitational tournament. The organisers thought it wise not to break the 14-year chain of the tournament, that was why we ran to our sponsors to help out with this event.
“And as always, we are grateful to the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, LLTC, for always supporting us. Even with the short notice this year, they responded rapidly.
“This is also to encourage our Nigerian players to take advantage of this unique opportunity to engage in competition against their foreign counterparts from Africa”.
The Governor’s Cup, which is proudly sponsored by Etisalat Nigeria, FCMB, Julius Berger, CCECC, among other major sponsors, will hold from Monday, 17- Saturday, 22 November inside the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, LLTC, Onikan, Lagos.