25th October, 2010
Local Tennis Coach, Thompson Ewetuga, has rated the ongoing Governorâ€™s Cup LagosÂ Tennis high.
Ewetuga, a member of Grassroots Tennis Initiative Vision 2020, was impressed withÂ the standard of play and the numbers of foreign players who registered for thisÂ yearâ€™s edition.
â€œI am not surprised if Nigerian Tennis players fail to go far in this tournamentÂ because the standard is high for our players. Some of the players who came to thisÂ tournament prepared for it,â€ he said
Commenting on the performance of Nigerian players in the championship, Ewetuga saidÂ there are many factors responsible for the failure of Nigerian players.
He said the local players are not prepared and their inexperience in internationalÂ competitions affected their performance in the Governorâ€™s Cup.
He said it is a pity that despite the huge amount spent by the title sponsors,Â Etisalat Nigeria and First City Monument Bank (FCMB) on the tournament, none ofÂ Nigerian players reached theÂ crucial stage of the tourney.
â€œOur players are not equal to the task. The foreign players have sponsors thatÂ finance them to take part in international competitions regularly. â€œNigerian playersÂ are abandoned to their fate which affect their performance in the competition ofÂ this magnitude,â€ he said.