Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola Receives Williams Sisters
Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola Wednesday received the visiting American tennis superstars, Serena and Venus Williams at Lagos House, Marina expressing the hope that their visit would be a monumental turning point in inspiring young people to pursue their dreams just like they have done.
The Governor who spoke while receiving the Williams sisters said they have been a source of inspiration to many people for different things that they represent not just in terms of sports but also charity work they engage in and the image they cut.
He said there is a lot of work to be done in Nigeria with young people such as getting them back on track and providing opportunities to them.
Fashola recalled that Nigeria once had a player named Nduka Odizor who was in the last 16 of Wimbledon, saying the tennis club where the sisters had a coaching clinic for kids Wednesday was 117 years old which is a lot of history about what has happened in the world of the game in the State.
The Governor added that the present administration has taken the initiative over the last decade to begin to build it back. He told his August visitors that he has kept faith with the annual Governor’s Cup Tennis Tournament which is an ITF event initiated by his predecessor. 55 countries attended this year’s edition.
Speaking earlier, Venus Williams expressed happiness at being in Lagos, saying her mother and sisters are in Nigeria and looking forward to their exhibition match Friday and the opportunity to inspire women in the country. Also speaking, Serena Williams thanked the organisers for facilitating the visit, adding that though they have been in Africa before, this is there first time in Nigeria. She added that this represents a great opportunity for both of them.