Maybe I'm being naive but can you explain to me the relevance of these pics?
I don't see those players in the quali draw or main draw list.
Every year I post pictures,videos and interview of this tournament. Fatimah should be in MD this year and the other girl probably too.
TWO days before the preliminary round serves off at the weekend, tennis courts across the country have been besieged by players, as they put final touches to their build-up to the 12th Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship.
One of the top female players, Christy Agugbom
, had told The Guardian last week that much should not be expected from the local players, most of whom are at present match rusty following the dearth of competitions in the country.
Agugbom, who was edged out in the first round of the 2011 edition by Croatian Silvia Njiric, said it would be difficult for any player to outrun the foreigners at the championship, noting: “I am not sure whether I will take part in the competition because I am not ready.
“Can you imagine that this year we only had the CBN Open? How do you expect the players to do well against their foreign counterparts if we don’t have competitions to feature in?
“There is no doubt that Nigerian players are talented but we should know that talents alone cannot win matches on courts, one needs some level of consistency, which can only be achieved with regular competitions.”
Expectedly, the players have continued to blame the Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF) for the doldrums being experienced in the game. One of them said, pleading anonymity: “I don’t know what the NTF is doing to arrest the free fall of the game in the country.
“In the past few years, nothing has been done and without events like the Governor’s Cup and CBN Open, I don’t think we will hear of tennis again in this country. They need to go out and look for sponsors.”
Meanwhile, there are indications that the best placed Nigerian female player in the 2011 edition, Sarah Adegoke, may not be part of this year’s edition. To help the host country, therefore, the ITF will likely consider some Nigerian players for wildcards, and the NTF will determine this.
Other top female players eyeing places in the main draw are Agugbom, Chinonye Ndidi Izuogu, Blessing Samuel, Blessing Anuna and Osariemen Airhunmwunde.
She lost in Q1st