The organisers of the Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship have said that they have raised the bar of the pro circuit competition to the level hence it has become a household name in the world of tennis.
According to the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) Pius Akinyelure Akinyelure, “Entries, particularly foreign entries have been unusually high this year. The reason is not unconnected with the facts that the competition has become a household names in the world today. Of the 73 Futures Tournaments in the whole world this month of October, 2017, only two in America, two in Italy, one in Spain, Sweden, France and Kazakistan match the 100,000 dollars prize money of the Governor’s Cup. Even those Futures just mentioned do not have hospitality thrown in as as a bonus as we have with Governor’s Cup, ” Akinyelure explained.
Akinyelure noted at a media conference to herald the 17th edition of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) approved competition in Lagos that the Governor’s Cup standard has been raised to the level that it has become the most sought after Futures tournament in world tennis circles.
Meanwhile, on funding, the LOC boss said that ” some of our dependable traditional sponsors are still with us. We have the likes of Deux Projects, CCECC Nig. Limited LASACO Assurance PLC, Julius Berger PLC, PLYCON Nig PLC and others. New sponsors are on the horizon. However, we have started exploring new avenues of funding, such as bookings and tickets sale for matches., media rights for live broadcast on Radio, Television, Cable, merchandising and franchise rights for a plethora of souvenirs and commercial branding of events and facilities. These measures are in line with global best practices in the organisation of Sports of this nature and calibre. “
The tickets for the Governor’s Cup are available on the platforms of Ariya Tickets and Naija Tickets Shop. The tickets come in different categories. While Category 1 regular ticket goes for N1,500 each, the VIP category goes for N5,000 each.
This year’s Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship holds from 6-21 October at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.