Participants in the ongoing Central Bank of Nigeria Tennis Open in Lagos are complaining over some late decisions by the organisers which they said were tantamount to abuse of trust.
Players were startled by the sudden decision to reduce the hospitality fund from N10,000 to N5,000.
One of the players who pleaded anonymity told Sports Vanguard at the National Stadium, Lagos, venue of the tournament that the decision had thrown some of them into confusion and hardship.
“We had banked on that money, believing that it could help us offset some our expenses incurred in the course of the competition,” he said, adding, “it is sad.”
As if that was not enough, the organisers have also scrapped one of the traditional categories in tennis, the mixed doubles. Some of the players who travelled to Lagos with the mixed doubles as their target have been made to just seat and watch others play.
An angry player said unprintable things about the organisers, insisting that “they are making nonsense of the whole thing.
“How can they do this to Nigeria’s flagship tennis tournament?”, he asked, adding, “they making it look like a child’s play.”
An official who also craved anonymity confirmed the report and told our correspondent that they resorted to those measures in order to save the tournament. “We did not do this in order to frustrate anybody. Indeed it was an initiative borne out of necessity.” he said.