Lagos is ready to welcome Nigeria’s best tennis players once again as the second edition of the Lagos Tennis Cup approaches from 27th September to 2nd October at Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.
The tournament will feature the country’s top eight men’s and women’s players, ranked by the Nigerian Tennis Federation, including current men’s champion Uche Oparaoji, currently ranked 6th, and women’s champion and top seed Marylove Edwards.
The Lagos Tennis Cup, which debuted in 2021 at the same venue, is part of a new addition to the national tennis calendar called the Nigerian Tennis Majors, which also includes the Abuja Tennis Cup.
Champions in both categories will earn N500,000 each, while runners-up will receive N250,000. Each player receives N50,000 to help with wellness, while a stage one exit gives the player an additional N50,000.
The tournament starts with a group stage format that would see each category split into two groups of four players. The top two players after a round robin would face the runners-up from the other group in the semifinals, with the winners playing in the finals.
Speaking about the tournament, managing director of Tennis Management Company Limited (TMCL), which organizes the event, Kenneth Ezaga, stated that fans and the sports community should expect a more robust tournament this year.
“We are building a sports property that will compete with the best on the continent. It will take some time to reach our goal, but with each tournament it gets a little better and a little easier,” said Ezaga.
“Tennis in Nigeria has been very popular and we hope that with the Lagos Tennis Cup and Abuja Tennis Cup we can create a platform to discover and inspire the next Nduka Odizor.”
This year, the tournament will feature a Children’s Day on October 1st with over 25 young players receiving coaching tips and having the chance to play with the best players.