Speaking in Lagos, Head of Sponsorship and Events at Etisalat Nigeria, Modupe Thani said, “In 2012, the players were great to watch and it was a delight to see Nigerian players play brilliantly against contestants from other countries. This year’s competition will kick off in October and we are optimistic that Nigerian representatives will improve on their performance from last year in order to emerge champions”.
“At Etisalat Nigeria, we believe in the power of sports and for the fifth year running, we are proud to demonstrate our support for the game of tennis in the country. We would not relent in supporting sports competitions that Nigerians are passionate about”, Thani concluded.
Last year, Spain’s Enrique Lopez-Perez won the men’s final, defeating Ruan Roelofse of South Africa, while Romania’s Cristina Dinu beat Conny Perrin of Switzerland in the women’s singles final. Both winners took home a cash prize of $80,000 each.
Already in its 13th year, the Governor’s Cup Lawn Tennis Championship is an initiative of the Lagos State Government organised annually by the Nigerian Tennis Foundation and fully supported by the Lagos State Governor. Its primary objective is to discover, nurture and promote talented players to international standards. It aims to do this by organising world class tennis tournaments involving international tennis players from around the globe pitting them against their Nigerian counterparts.