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…
2. Borna Coric
Borna Coric was just 16 when he arrived Lagos for the 2013 Governor’s Cup, but he had already built up quite a reputation on the junior circuit.
Coric was the reigning US Open junior champion, as well as the world junior number one.
Even at 16, Coric already bore striking similarities to the world number one, Novak Djokovic, both in physique and playing style- cue the ‘Baby Djokovic’ moniker.
There was always a buzz around the Croatian while he was in Lagos, and he did not disappoint his teeming fans.
Coric won the first leg of the 2013 Governor’s Cup, before losing out in the quarter finals of the second leg to compatriot, Ante Pavic.
He was disappointed not to have done the double, but the potential of the boy was very apparent. He is destined for superstardom.
Coric made his Grand Slam main draw debut at the 2014 US Open, and he has not missed a major since then.
His most productive Slam so far has been Roland Garros, where he has contested the third round in each of the last two years.
Coric has been mixing it up with the big boys over the last couple of years.
He has taken a particular liking to the great Rafael Nadal, whom he has already beaten twice in his fledgling career, while Andy Murray has also suffered at the hands of the talented teenager- the world number two was thrashed 6-1 6-3 in their Dubai meeting in 2015.
The 19-year-old Coric is yet to pick up his first tour title, but he has been to two finals- including a 6-3 7-5 loss to Stan Wawrinka in Chennai at the start of 2016.
It is surely a matter of time before the world number 42 claims his maiden ATP crown, and then the floodgates should open.