21st September, 2010
The International Tennis Federation, ITF, has given the players who will take past in theÂ 10th Governorâ€™s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship the deadline to register for theÂ competition.
The Fixtures will hold at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan from 15 to 30 October, 2010.Â The tourney is being sponsored by Etisalat and FCMB as well as other co-sponsors.
According to the website of the world tennis governing body, interested players are toÂ apply for the championship not later than 2p.m. Nigerian time, on Thursday, 30 September,Â 2010, while withdrawal deadline is fixed for 2p.m. on Tuesday, 5 October, 2010. It alsoÂ fixed sign-in deadline at 6p.m. Friday, 15 October.
According to the ITF, the singles qualifying of 32 draws will hold between 16 and 17Â October, while the Main draws of 32 players for the first week (Futures 1) hold fromÂ 18-23 October. The entry fee is peg at $40 per player.
The ITF reminded the female players that they will not enjoy any hospitality from theÂ Local Organising Committee of the tourney, while the male players will be givenÂ hospitality and accommodation subsidies.
To this end, the Womenâ€™s Singles winner will take home the sum of $25,000, while theÂ Menâ€™s Singles winner will receive the sum of $15,000.
Meanwhile, the Tournament Director, Prince â€˜Wale Oladunjoye, has described the impact theÂ Governorâ€™s Cup has on world tennis as awesome.
â€œIâ€™m glad to say that many top players who are making it big in their careers had comeÂ to Nigeria to play in the Governorâ€™s Cup. A good example is Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi, who isÂ now the number one player in Pakistan. He was here in 2004 and went on to win the twoÂ legs of the tourney.
â€œHe is the only Pakistani tennis player to reach the final of a Grand Slam, which he didÂ in 2010 competing in both mixed doubles (partnering with KvÃ¬ta Peschke) and menâ€™s doublesÂ (partnering with Rohan Bopanna) at the just concluded US Open.â€
Tennis Specialâ€™s check revealed that Pakistani Number 1, Qureshi has traditionally ledÂ Pakistanâ€™s Davis Cup campaigns. After shocking New Zealand in the Asia/Oceania Zone GroupÂ I second round play-offs in 2004 to survive relegation, he took them to the World GroupÂ Play-Offs for the first time in 2005, before they were beaten by Chile.
He has won the most Davis Cup matches for Pakistan, being the most successful singles andÂ doubles player ever. He is also half of the most successful doubles pairing for PakistanÂ (with Aqeel Khan) in the countryâ€™s sporting history.
Qureshi is now a member of the â€œChampions for Peaceâ€ club, a group of 40 athletesÂ committed to serving peace in the world through sport, created by Monaco-basedÂ international organization.
Aisam and his partner Rohan Bopanna have created a campaign, Stop War Start Tennis, withÂ their goal to play a match on the border joining India and Pakistan.