2013 US Open debutante Alex Akinwale leads about 40 invited Nigerian players to the 2013 Governor’s Cup Tennis Championship in the wheelchair tennis category.
Akinwale’s impressive form has seen him maintain a top-10 ranking in the continent in recent years. The wheelchair tennis player, who reached the second round at Flushing Meadows last month will line up against some of Nigeria’s finest talents like,Jude Uwazie, Lateef Shodipo and Wasiu Yusuf while Japan’s 265th seed Shuichi Sekigushi leads the foreign contingents to the tournament.
Slovakia’s 123rd seed Tadeja Majeric leads a host of other talents in the Women’s singles category.
The Governor’s Cup is one of the top-rated ITF-sanctioned programme in Africa and, the 13th edition will be co-sponsored by Etisalat and FCMB, slated for October 13-27 at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onkan.
Nigeria Tennis Federation president, Sani Ndanusa, who is also an ITF-Wheelchair Tennis Developmental Committee member said the championship will help enhance Nigeria’s growing profile in wheelchair tennis having featured in two successive World Cups, the last of which was in Antalya, Turkey in May 2013.
Nigeria’s top-10 ranked players are presently putting finishing touches to their skills at the National Institute for Sports.