The tournament director of the pro-circuit which is hosted by the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan, has put to bed worries expressed by some Nigerians over the recent initiave taken by the local organizing committee to ensure people pay to watch the Governor’s Cup.
Prince Wale Oladunjoye who addressed the payment issue and the need to have people buy tickets of N1,500 for regular and N5,000 for the VIP seat, stressed that even though the payment is not on full scale, there has to be a beginning to it.
“We can’t be watching the best players play without paying to watch them. We had to start the option of making people pay before watching. We must have some level of payment for entertainment,” he said.
“We must pay for the talents that we want to watch. What we are starting now is not a full tickets fee, we want to start with a segment. We will still invite people and give them tickets, but we have to start somehow.
“Some people want to pay but they don’t know how to pay,” Prince Oladunjoye added.
Tickets for the $100,000 prize money tournament are sold at the rates of N1,500 for regulars and N5,000 for VIPs on the platforms of Ariya Tickets and Naija Tickets Shop.
Furthermore, the President of the Nigerian Tennis Federation, NTF, Engr. Ifedayo Akindoju, has enjoined journalists on ground to give the tournament a wide coverage and project the nation in a positive light, whilst also listing the gains of the competition.
“These Futures 4 and 5 are the only ones that combine both male and female players in Nigeria having done the 1, 2 and 3 early in the year.”
“I encourage the media personnel to advertise this sport and let the world know that there is tennis in Nigeria.
“Report the tournament to project Nigeria in a very positive light. There are a lot of gains from this tournament; over 500 players coming here means that we are moving the world to Lagos,” he said.
The 2017 Governor’s Cup holds from 6 – 21 October, 2017.