Adrian Margaret Brune

Apr 8, 2020

7 min read

The Tennis Player, the Nigerian Club and the Failed Coup

The Lagos Lawn Tennis Club (LLTC), the oldest tennis club in Nigeria and one of the oldest in Africa was one of many sites during a 1976 coup that required Arthur Ashe’s evacuation.

The second week of August 2018 — as the pro-associations WTA and ATP prepped for the hard courts of the the US Open — the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club (LLTC) a nine-court sanctuary in the middle of bustling Lagos Island, had its own big announcement: a new name and a new logo for the Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship. After spending nearly 30 years as a an International Tennis Federation…