2014 Governor’s Cup: 'It’s Our Time To Win'

•Clifford Enorsoregbe

•Clifford Enorsoregbe

Damilare Okunola

Nigeria’s number one male tennis player, Clifford Enosoregbe, has expressed his desire to win this year’s Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Invitational tourney.

The Edo-based tennis star told P.M.NEWS Tennis Special that with the absence of the other top players who often attend the tournament, a Nigerian player might just clinch the elusive trophy this year.

•Clifford Enorsoregbe
•Clifford Enorsoregbe

“Under the prevailing circumstance, we are better placed to win the tournament this year, but it all depends on self-belief from the local players.

“We have to believe that we can just win it this year and build on that momentum for subsequent tournaments as the year runs out.

“The absence of the ATP points is the only shortcoming of the tournament, but the competitive nature will not be missing. I just have to play to the best of my ability to come out tops. It will not be a stroll in the park for any player, believe me,” the Dala Hard Court 2013 Men’s Singles winner noted.

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•13-year-old Angel McCleod at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan yesterday. Photo: Damilare Okunola
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On the run of tournaments towards the end of the year, the All Africa Games gold medalist said that the Federation has done well to keep the players busy as the year ends.

An excited Enosoregbe said that, “if we can keep having it like this every year, players will not complain. We will be glad to always have a competitive atmosphere to keep us fit.

“The Abuja tournament is not attracting as much prize-money as we would have loved to have maybe because it is the first time we are having it.

“I hope the organisers can step it up a bit to encourage the participation of more top tennis pros in the country”.

The 2014 Governor’s Cup which served off yesterday at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan, Lagos will end on Saturday, 22 November, 2014.

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