Governor's Cup Tennis: U.S. Open Champ Eyes Doubles Title In Lagos


World’s junior number one tennis player, Borna Coric from Croatia, who won the men’s singles of the first leg of 13th Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship like Oliver Twist wants to also win the second leg of the Etisalat/FCMB sponsored competition.

Coric, who has seen his world ranking improve upward from 525 to 400 because he won Futures 1 of the Governor’s Cup on Saturday at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan, told P.M.NEWSports that he would like to win Futures 2 when the final ceremony holds on Saturday,  27 October.

He beat compatriot Ante Pavic in straight sets of 6-4,6-3 to win the first leg’s $15,000 prize money. Coric who won the 2013 US Open Junior Championship said: “I will like to win the second leg as I did today (Saturday). This will give me great joy and it will also reflect positively on my ranking. I worked hard and my hard work paid for me.”

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Meanwhile, in the women’s singles, top seed Tadeja Majeric of Slovenia beat 8th seed Dalila Jakupovic of Slovakia in straight set of 7-5,7-5 to win the $25.000 prize money of Futures 1.

Men’s Doubles was won by Ante Pavic of Croatia and South African Ruan Roelofse who beat Borna Coric and Dino Marcan of Croatia 7-6,6-2, while women’s doubles was won by British ladies, Naomi Broady and Emily Webley-Smith, who defeated Cristina Dinu of Romania and Fatma Al Nabhani of Omar 3-6, 6-4, 10-7

—Damilare Okunola