Exciting times are just around the corner as Nigerian players storm the city of Lagos for the Rainoil Open Tennis Championship.
Some of the best and biggest players in the country will be playing for the title. From Sylvester Emmanuel and Joseph Imeh to Abdulmumin Babalola, Thomas Otu, Christie Agugbom and Blessing Samuel as well as the defending champions, Henry Atseye and Sarah Adegoke.
So, what is winning the Rainoil Open worth this year?
Rainoil Open organizers have increased its prize pot further this year, for a tournament which marks its 2nd anniversary.
In total, the event will award N5.1 million in winnings to competitors this year. While this isn’t the highest prize money of all tournaments in Nigeria, the N2 million increase from last year’s N3.1 million comes as a major boost for home players.
With a week to go before players begin the hunt for glory in Lagos, we take a look at just how much players could pocket.
In the singles’ competition for the men, the winner carts away N500,000, while the runner-up will receive N250,000. Semifinalists will get N120,000; quarterfinalists, N60,000.
In the women’s bracket, the winner will take home N400,000, while the finalist that gets defeated pockets N200,000. Semifinalists will receive N100,000, while quarterfinalists get N50,000.
Players who lose in the first round in both the men’s and women’s bracket will get a N10,000 cheque. Second round losers will receive N20,000. In the men’s bracket, players who lose in the third round are guaranteed N30,000.
Teams playing in the doubles event get N250,000 if they’re the final team standing, while the runner-up prize is almost half at N120,000 for the men. In the women’s doubles, the winning team gets N200,000, while the prize for the runner-up stays the same as with the men’s.
Those who make the semifinals will get N60,000, while quarterfinalists receive N30,000 in the men’s field and N25,000 in the women’s field. First round losers will get N15,000.
The Rainoil Open, in a bid to make the tournament more open to players from all over the country, will have a men’s draw of 64 and women’s draw of 32.
Main draws action will serve off on Monday, 12 November through to Saturday, 17 November at the Ikoyi Club, Ikoyi, Lagos.