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October 4, 2013

GOV’S CUP: Raise your game, NTF tasks players

Lagos Open Tennis

Shehu Lawal in action during the 34th Central Bank of Nigeria Senior Open Tennis Championship in Lagos on Thursday (10/5/12). NAN photo

By John EGBOKHAN
President of the Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF) Sani Ndanusa has said that the body decided to camp some players for the upcoming Governor’s Cup Futures because it wanted to stem the tide of poor results churned out by the players in past editions of the competition.

The 10 shortlisted players are presently being trained by two coaches in Lagos ahead of the October 13 serve off date of the competition, which is the only international point-awarding tourney in the country.

Shehu Lawal in action during the 34th Central Bank of Nigeria Senior Open Tennis Championship in Lagos on Thursday (10/5/12). NAN photo

Shehu Lawal in action during the 34th Central Bank of Nigeria Senior Open Tennis Championship in Lagos on Thursday (10/5/12). NAN photo

Speaking to Sports Vanguard, Ndanusa, who challenged the players to raise their game, said the current camping was going to put them in prime shape for the event holding at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.

“The camping is one of our little contributions to prepare our players psychological and technically for this year’s Governor’s Cup. We want to prepare them with the help of two coaches before the competition. We expect them to raise their game in the competition.

“We have the support of the LOC on this camping and it is our expectation that the players will put up good performance this year,” said Ndanusa, who is also the president of Nigeria Olympic Committee, NOC.

Also speaking, Tournament Director, Prince Wale Oladunjoye said the LOC  expects the 10 selected players to give their foreign counterparts a good run for their money, adding that more emphasis will be laid on the nutrition of the players during the camping.