26th September, 2011
International Tennis Federation, ITF, has given all players wishing to take part in the 11th edition of the Governorâ€™s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship till Thursday, 29 September to file their entries or forget about the tournament.
The competition, which is sponsored by FCMB and Etisalat, will hold at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan, from 15-30 October. P.M.Sportsâ€™ checks on the website of the world tennis governing body revealed that the tourney with the keys W-C25-NGR-01A-2011 for the womenâ€™s events and M-FU-NGR-03A-2011 for the menâ€™s category will be played on hard court.
The ITF says that while entries close on 29 September, withdrawal deadline is fixed for Tuesday, 4 October.
The competition, which annually draws tennis players from more than 40 countries of the world with over 200 taking part, will have 32 draws on the Main Draws and 32 draws on the Qualifying Draws for both Futures 1 and 2. The winners in the Menâ€™s Singles is expected to take home $30,000, while in the womenâ€™s category, the winner will get $50,000.
The Menâ€™s Singles of the first leg of the 10th edition held last year was won by Amir Weintraub of Israel who beat Karan Rastogi in straight sets of 6-4,7-5, while the Womenâ€™s Singles was won by Slovak Zuzana Kucova who defeated her French opponent, Natalie Piquion in straight sets of 6-2,6-0.
The duo of Amir Weintraub and Boy Westerhof walked over Laurent Rochette of France and Diels Desein of Belgium to win the Menâ€™s Doubles, while the pair of Nina Bratchikova of Russia and Agnes Satmari of Romania beat Anna Brazhnikova of Sweden 6-4, 6-3 to win the Womenâ€™s Doubles.
The second leg of the Menâ€™s Singles was won Indian boy, Karan Rastogi, who upset South African Raven Klaffner in a game that ended 6-2, 6-7, 7-5. In the Womenâ€™s Singles, tournament favourite, Slovak Zuzana Kucova was stopped by Russian Nina Bratchikova in straight sets game of 7-5,6-1.
In the doubles finals, the pair of Boy Westerhof and Amir Weintraub beat Raven Klassen and Ruan Roelofse in 5-7, 6-4 (10-6) in the Menâ€™s category, while women event was won by Karolina Kosinka and Melaine Klaffner after defeating the duo of Nina Bratchikova and Agnes Szatmari in 3-6,7-5(10-7) match.
Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola, the Asoju Oba of Lagos, Chief Molade Okoya Thomas, CEO of Etisalat, Mr. Steve Evans and representative of the Managing Director of FCMB, Mr. Peter Obaseki were some of the dignitaries that graced the closing ceremony.