Main draw action gets underway at the Governor’s Cup next week, with some familiar names returning to the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club to vie for honours..
Many players have starred in Lagos, and gone on to make huge marks on the global game, but who sits atop the pile? Here’s our top five countdown…
5. Camila Giorgi
Camila Giorgi was in Lagos in 2007, where she got to the quarter finals in the two legs of the Governor’s Cup. Six years later, inside the magnificent Arthur Ashe Stadium, the diminutive Italian was blasting winner-after-winner beyond a bewildered Caroline Wozniacki in a stunning third round win at the US Open.
Giorgi would find compatriot, Roberta Vinci a bit too clever in the fourth round, but the 21-year-old had left an indelible mark on the US Open.
It wasn’t the first of such swashbuckling runs from Giorgi.
In the previous year, she had stormed through the qualifiers into the Round of 16 at Wimbledon before losing to Agnieszka Radwanska.
Her love affair with the All England Club would continue 12 months later, and this time, it took the double-fisted grip of eventual champion, Marion Bartoli to halt her in the third round.
Those giant-killing feats have been few and far between in recent times, but Giorgi remains one of those lower-ranked ladies no one wants to run into at the early stages of majors.
She gave Garbine Muguruza all sorts of headaches in their Wimbledon 2016 opener, while Serena Williams struggled to shake off the feisty Italian at the Australian Open.
Giorgi picked up her first WTA title at the Topshelf Open in ‘s-Hertogenbosch last year, and she has contested, and lost four other WTA finals.
The talent of the woman is not in question- as reflected by a career-high ranking of 30, but a current ranking of 82 suggests that the consistency is maybe not quite what it should be.
That number does not do her abilities any justice. If she can string results together over an extended period of time, the top 30 is definitely a realistic shout for the Italian.
She is still only 24, plenty of time to find her way back there, and even higher.